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King Lear (2008)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 25 December 2008
Sir Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare's tragic monarch, in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.

Director:

Trevor Nunn

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... King Lear
William Gaunt ... Earl of Gloucester
Philip Winchester ... Edmund
Ben Meyjes Ben Meyjes ... Edgar
Frances Barber ... Goneril
Monica Dolan ... Regan
Romola Garai ... Cordelia
Sylvester McCoy ... Lear's Fool
Jonathan Hyde ... Earl of Kent
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Duke of Cornwall
Julian Harries Julian Harries ... Duke of Albany
John Heffernan ... Oswald
Russell Byrne Russell Byrne ... First Gloucester Servant / Doctor
David Weston ... Gentleman
Peter Hinton Peter Hinton ... Duke of Burgundy / Captain
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Sir Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare's tragic monarch, in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Sir Ian McKellen has spoken about "all th'addition to a King". He believes that Shakespeare refers to Lear's divine right to rule, thus making his renunciation of the kingdom even more impetuous. He desires to keep his God-given right to rule, but not to put it to any effect. See more »

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Version of König Lear (1992) See more »

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An Old man comes to his sense and brings me to tears
3 December 2014 | by tmashukSee all my reviews

If you want to understand the nature of human beings, or want to make a list what kind of humans there are, watch King Lear.

Human folly, betrayal, misunderstanding, treachery, infidelity, kindness, faithfulness, bravery, and so on.

Of the episodes, the scene where King Lear meets his daughter Cordelia and comes to senses brings me to tears when he says He is old and foolish. That performance! If not watched I think a person will miss something in her/his life.

I think Shakespeare had put everything he had in writing this play. This is the most engaging and deeply moving play after the Greek Oedepus plays.

I sincerely pray for the people who took such pain portraying characters of this drama.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Król Lear See more »

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Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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