On King Lear: Carol Chillington Rutter

This interview with Study Guide writer Professor Carol Chillington Rutter explores the relationship between Lear and his three daughters, describes how readers connect to Lear at different ages, reflects on Shakespeare's age when he wrote the play, and more.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

Shakespeare Uncovered: Christopher Plummer on King Lear

King Lear is universally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles. Christopher Plummer has played the role under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller (who, has directed it six times). Lear was, in fact, a real English king, who lived 800 years before Christ.

The historic story has a happy ending, but Shakespeare gave his theatrical interpretation a dreadful dénouement that has been shocking audiences for 400 years.

BBC Studios
(2013)
Documentary

Practical Workshop Guide | King Lear

The aim of this Digital Theatre+ Practical Workshop Guide is to deepen and enrich understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance, encouraging the student to approach the material using the investigative and interpretive methods of the actor, director or voice coach.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

Lighting Direction in King Lear

Lighting designer Johanna Town worked on Talawa Theatre Company’s 2016 production of King Lear. Here, Town gives detailed insight into the process of lighting a production.
Talawa
(2017)
Interview

King Lear

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Study Guide

Movement Direction in King Lear

Movement director Coral Messam worked on Talawa Theatre Company’s 2016 production of King Lear. Here, Messam explores some of the specific decisions that were made in order to make the production a physical reality.
Talawa
(2017)
Interview

On Fight Directing: Terry King

Terry King, a veteran in stage combat, discusses the complexity of creating violence onstage. As fight director on King Lear he unearths the tasks and responsibilities that his role demands. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Shakespeare and Orientalism: An Interview with Abdulla Al-Dabbagh

Exploring the politics and portrayal of the Other, Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, a professor of English Literature, analyses texts throughout Shakespeare's canon, including Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and King Lear.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level English Literature

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 20th-century drama.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Revision Guide

On Directing: Michael Attenborough

The artistic director speaks to us about his approach to King Lear, his vision to strip down the play, focussing closely on Shakespeare's text and the innermost wants and desires of the characters caught up in this domestic and political struggle for power. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Zoë Waites

Zoë Waites gives a detailed personal and realistic insight into developing and sustaining a life in performance and the choices behind her portrayal of Goneril in King Lear.

Actress Zoë Waites sits in a library whilst discussing her role as Goneril in King Lear
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Trevor Fox

Trevor Fox describes his deeply personal response to King Lear and the ways in which he used his experience to inspire his performance. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Phoebe Fox

Phoebe Fox takes us through the acting processes she employed to unlock Cordelia. She looks at why Cordelia may not be as innocent as she seems and closely analyses Shakespeare's text to better understand the character she plays. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Kieran Bew and Richard Goulding

Richard Goulding and Kieran Bew talk to us about the differences between working on a Shakespeare production versus a production by a contemporary playwright. They look at creating character and the varying interpretations Shakespeare's text can unfold.

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Design: Tom Scutt

Tom Scutt takes us through the creative challenges of designing a play as epic as King Lear in the intimate space of the Almeida Theatre. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

The Stage Archive: Peter Hall's Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

In this review, Eric Johns praises the pace and theatricality of Peter Hall’s RSC revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, focusing his analysis on the central performances, as well as noting the “blood red” that dominates the design.
The Stage
(1967)
Review