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King Lear

Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters. Family and state collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and his youngest, Cordelia, are reunited; love reigns, then tragedy descends.

The 80 year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear's prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and Cordelia are reunited; for a brief moment love reigns, then tragedy descends.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Last on

Sun 26 Apr 2020 21:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:49

    Dj Muggs & Planet Asia

    Death Frees Every Soul


Role Contributor
Lear Anthony Hopkins
Goneril Emma Thompson
Regan Emily Watson
Earl of Gloucester Jim Broadbent
Cordelia Florence Pugh
Earl of Kent Jim Carter
Edgar Andrew Scott
Edmund John Macmillan
Duke of Cornwall Tobias Menzies
Duke of Albany Anthony Calf
Fool Karl Johnson
Oswald Christopher Eccleston
Butler John Standing
Duke of Burgundy Simon Manyonda
King of France Chukwudi Iwuji
Lear's Gentleman Samuel Valentine
Lieutenant Arinze Kene
1st Maid Sharon Watts
2nd Maid Kaye Brown
French Officer Raphael Desprez
Doctor Peter Forbes
Young Captain Sam Redford
Sergeant Major Liam McKenna
Soldier Paul Tinto
Officer (Dover Castle) Eric Kofi-Abrefa
Stunt coordinator Andreas Petrides
Stunts Elliot Philip Murray
Stunts Maurice Lee
Executive Producer Colin Callender
Executive Producer Sonia Friedman
Executive Producer Scott Huff
Producer Noelette Buckley
Director Richard Eyre
Production Company Playground Television UK Ltd


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