King Lear

William Shakespeare
BBC Studios
Directed by Richard Eyre

Ian Holm stars in the title role of this award-winning Royal National Theatre Production of William Shakespeare's King Lear.

The cast also includes Timothy West as The Earl of Gloucester, Finbar Lynch as his bastard son, Edmund and Paul Rhys as his legitimate son, Edgar; Barbara Flynn, Amanda Redman and Victoria Hamilton as Lear's daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia; and Michael Bryant as the Fool.

Production duration: 2 hrs 19 min
BBC Studios

Cast & creative team


  • Edgar
    Paul Rhys
  • Edmund
    Finbar Lynch
  • Gloucester
    Timothy West
  • Kent
    David Burke
  • Goneril
    Barbara Flynn
  • Regan
    Amanda Redman
  • Cordelia
    Victoria Hamilton
  • Albany
    David Lyon
  • Cornwall
    Michael Simkins
  • Lear
    Ian Holm
  • Lear's Knight
    Martin Chamberlain
  • France
    Adrian Irvine
  • Burgundy
    Nicholas R. Bailey
  • Oswald
    William Osborne
  • Fool
    Michael Bryant
  • Old Man
    Harry Jones
  • Messenger
    James E. Kerr
  • Captain
    Paul Benzing


  • William Shakespeare
  • Richard Eyre
  • Richard Eyre
  • Sue Birtwistle
  • Simon Curtis
    Executive Producer: BBC
  • Rebecca Eaton
    Executive Producer: WGBH
  • Dominic Muldowney
  • Roger Pratt
  • Ken Pearce
    Film Editing
  • Bob Crowley
    Production Design
  • Andrew Sanders
    Supervising art director
  • Stevie Hall
    Make-Up Designer