Shakespeare - King Lear (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1278D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th March 2019
ArtistsKevin R McNally
Boldly he makes a decision to divide his country among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosuty is cruelly repaid and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute. As he comes to realize the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity.
King Lear's tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart.
With Kevin R McNally in the title role, Nancy Meckler's production has 'an underlying through-line of intelligence and sensitivity, and strong supporting performances abound' (The Telegraph).
Spoken in Shakespeare's English.
"[McNally's Lear] has an erratic physicality, revelling in his power and what remains of his virility but leaning on others - such as Loren O'Dair's otherworldly fool - whenever he can" - The Standard
"Meckler is as wise as she is visionary." - WhatOnStage
"Meckler's staging is clear, swift and compelling... It gathers to a moving finale, with McNally's piteous Lear holding the stage, and delivers forcefully the lesson that power should always be allied with care" - The Financial Times
- Interviews with Kevin R McNally and Nancy Meckler
- Cast gallery
- Lear: Kevin R McNally
- Ensemble / Musician: Louisa Beadel
- Goneril: Emily Bruni
- Gloucester: Burt Caesar
- Edmund: Ralph Davis
- Edgar: Joshua James
- Oswald / Burgundy: Chris Nayak
- Fool: Loren O'Dair
- Albany: Thomas Padden
- Kent: Saskia Reeves
- Regan: Sirine Saba
- Cornwall: Faz Singhateh
- Ensemble: Kenton Thomas
- France: Boum Tihngang
- Cordelia: Anjana Vasan
Running time: 198 minutes
Sound format: Dolby Digital 2.0 - Dolby Digital 5.1
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