King Lear

William Shakespeare
BBC Studios
Directed by Richard Eyre

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. 

Production duration: 17 min 1 sec

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  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews with professional theatre makers
  • Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context
  • Written and filmed analysis of key scenes and speeches
  • Filmed teaching support resources

"This visual awareness of form and structure is vital for our students in their exam preparation"

Juliette McGirr
Acting Director for Teaching and Learning for English
Claremont High School Academy, Harrow

  • Productions

    Productions

    Unique high-definition films of leading British theatre productions.

  • Making Theatre

    Making Theatre

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interiews with professinal theatre makers.

  • Study Guides

    Study Guides

    Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context.

  • Teaching Support

    Teaching Support

    Filmed practical theatre workshops that reveal text in practice, with supporting written material.

Cast & creative team

Characters

  • 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

Team

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