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2016 The Year of King Lear

Magazine arts show. With five major productions taking place across 2016, this film looks at why Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear resonates so deeply with contemporary audiences.

This year's hottest play was written over 400 years ago - Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. With five major productions taking place across 2016, this film looks at why Lear resonates so deeply with contemporary audiences. The programme includes contributions from Diana Rigg, Timothy West, Antony Sher and Nicholas Hytner on why Lear is widely viewed as Shakespeare's towering achievement.

30 minutes

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:06

    Boards of Canada

    Gemini

  • 00:08

    Boards of Canada

    Sick Times

  • 00:11

    Max Richter

    Path 19 (yet frailest)

  • 00:17

    Anna Meredith

    Blackfriars

    Performer: Oliver Coates. Performer: Anna Meredith.
  • 00:18

    Radiohead

    Burn The Witch

  • 00:22

    Matthew Herbert

    The End

  • 00:29

    Agnes Obel

    Familiar

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Producer John Mullen
Executive Producer Janet Lee

Broadcasts

  • Sat 29 Oct 2016 21:00
  • Sat 29 Oct 2016 21:40
  • Sat 29 Oct 2016 22:00

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