The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0319 Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Date: Monday, 15 Jun 2009 19:53:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 20.0314 King Lear Advice
Comment: Re: SHK 20.0314 King Lear Advice
There are two good audio recordings of the "complete text" -- i.e. a
composite text combining the Folio & the Quarto -- starring Paul
Scofield as Lear. One is from the early '60s and is available only on
The other was made more recently to celebrate Scofield's 80th birthday:
There is also a complete text available on audio from the BBC, with
Corin Redgrave as Lear:
If you'd like it on DVD, the BBC production directed by Jonathan Miller
and starring Michael Hordern presents a more-or-less complete text:
The BBC also recorded an audio performance with John Gielgud to
celebrate Gielgud's 90th birthday, but this seems currently unavailable.
As I remember, this performance used the complete Quarto text.
There's also an old (but very good) BBC audio performance with Alec
Guinness as Lear:
And recently, Ian MacKellen's RSC performance, directed by Trevor Nunn,
has also appeared on DVD:
Finally, there is a DVD version starring Olivier, but the cuts in the
text are more substantial than in the DVD versions I have mentioned.
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