Shakespeare's classic tale of treachery and betrayal illustrates the consequences of evil triumphing over truth and the vanity of old age.
King Lear....Corin Redgrave
Duke of Kent....David Troughton
Duke of Gloucester....John Carlisle
Duke of Albany....John Rowe
Duke of Cornwall....Clive Francis
King of France....Sean Baker
Old Man/Gentleman....Gavin Muir
Music specially composed by Elizabeth Parker.
Directed by Cherry Cookson
When better than now to make a drama about "the division of the kingdom"? A new production of Shakespeare's great tragedy with a Scottish cast headed by Ian McDiarmid as Lear and Bill Paterson as Gloucester.
Lear is a very old king with a dynastic problem: three daughters and no sons.
In dividing the kingdom between his children, Lear's reasoning is admirable: he wants to hand over the kingdom to his daughters so that "future strife / May be prevented now." But in doing so he sets in train a chain of events that lead to madness, self-discovery and the disintegration of the kingdom.
Music performed by Polly Phillips (bassoon) and Georgina McGrath (double bass)
Music and Sound Design by Gary C Newman.