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The Royal Opera House

King Lear DVD (RSC)

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by the RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Royal Shakespeare Company
Music:
Ilona Sekacz
King Lear:
Antony Sher
Regan: Kelly Williams
Goneril: Nia Gwynee
Cordelia: Natalie Simpson
Edmund: Paapa Essiedu
Edgar: Oliver Johnstone
Gloucester: David Troughton
Cornwall: James Clyde
Kent: Antony Byrne
Oswald: Byron Mondahl
Albany: Clarence Smith
Fool: Graham Turner

Director: Gregory Doran
Designer: Niki Turner
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Sound: Jonathan Ruddick
Movement: Michael Ashcroft
Fights: Bret Yount

Plus: Interview with Antony Sher / Dressed for the stage: Creating costumes for King Lear / Director’s
Commentary / Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: PCM 2.0 / DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Region code: All regions
Running time: 181+11 mins
Year: 2016