Lear is an old man blind to his weaknesses. He decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters according to who recites the best declaration of love. Goneril and Regan pretend to ... See full summary »
Ernest C. Warde
I just have to say that this is masterpiece. I've not read or seen much Shakespeare, but occasionally little gems like this pop up and you can see just how inspiring and adaptable his work was.
It's very hard to get into, the first scene with Lear giving birth, it's almost unwatchable. Steve Rumbelow's reading of Lear feels a little too 'arty'; the stark, high contrasting, bleak imagery is too much for some, but anyone willing to give it a chance is rewarded by something which should have a cult following, anyway isn't that what King Lear is all about? Anyone thinking of making a modern version of King Lear should take note; this is how it's done, especially the lead actor, who plays two roles, which are so indistinguishable it's hard to believe it's the same man.
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