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King Lear 

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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11 October 1998 (USA)  »

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fairly faithful Lear
25 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This production is a TV version of the triumphant Cottesloe stage adaptation of King Lear, starring Ian Holm. In that small space it was claustrophobic and on TV the effect is still felt, enhancing the problems Lear has with his wicked daughters, and pinpointing the emptiness facing Gloucester once he is thrown out, ill and injured, from his own house.

As Lear, Holm is very good indeed. A small man with a large presence, he does give the character the faded majesty it needs, and is therefore convincing. Amanda Redman and Barbara Flynn play the bad daughters (the ugly sisters, if you like), while Victoria Hamilton, a fine young actress who recently played Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer on stage, is Cordelia.

Five excellent actors round out the cast - Paul Rhys is a fine Edgar, robbed of his birthright by his conniving half-brother; Finbar Lynch joyfully plays the evil Edmund; Michael Bryant is memorable as the Fool, wiser than most people around him; David Burke is a loyal and trusty Kent; and, best of all, Timothy West is Gloucester. He'd play Lear a few years later but he's making the most of the second meatiest role here.


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