Knowledge Identifier: $King_Lear
William Shakespeare - In the case of King Lear, however, while most modern additions do conflate them, the 1623 folio version is so different from the 1608 quarto, that the Oxford Shakespeare prints them both, arguing that they cannot be conflated without confusion.
Magdeleine-Marie Desgarcins - She was one of the actresses who left the Comédie-Francaise in 1791 for the house in the rue Richelieu, soon to become the Théatre de la République, and there her triumphs were no less in "King Lear", "Othello", La Harpes Melanie et Virginie, etc
William Macready - In 1833 he played in "Antony and Cleopatra", in Byron's "Sardanapalus", and in "King Lear"
Samuel Phelps - He was generally considered the finest King Lear of his generation, returning to Shakespeare's version, which had been replaced on stage for over a hundred and fifty years by Tate's happy ending adaptation "The History of King Lear", and staging the first production of the original version since the Restoration in 1845
Fotos Politis - He soon starts the translation in modern Greek iambic verse of Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and chooses one of Greece's greatest actors, Aimilios Veakis, whose memorable performance as King Lear at the Royal Theater of Greece in 1938 has remained indelibly written in the history of 20th century Greek theater, to appear in the homonymous role
Joan Sanderson - She appeared in repertory theatres, on the West End stage and at the Stratford Memorial Theatre, where she made her début in 1939 playing Amelia in "The Comedy of Errors", a phase in her career that culminated in 1953 when she played both Goneril to Michael Redgrave's King Lear, and Queen Margaret in "Richard III",
Alec Guinness - Guinness returned to the Old Vic in 1946 and stayed until 1948, playing Abel Drugger in Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist", the Fool in "King Lear" opposite Laurence Olivier in the title role, DeGuiche in "Cyrano de Bergerac" opposite Ralph Richardson in the title role, and finally starring in an Old Vic production as Shakespeare's Richard II
Ruth Cracknell - In 1948, she joined the John Alden Company and had roles in "King Lear", "Measure for Measure" and "The Tempest"
Joseph Mankiewicz' 1949 "House of Strangers" is often considered a "Lear" adaptation, but the parallels are more striking in its 1954 Western remake "Broken Lance" in which a cattle baron played by Spencer Tracy tyrannises over his three sons, of whom only the youngest, Joe, played by Robert Wagner, remains loyal
For example, Peggy Ashcroft, at the RST in 1950, played the role in a breastplate and carrying a sword
George Devine - Byam Shaw had moved to Stratford-on-Avon to run the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and Devine directed several successful Shakespeare productions there in the early 1950s, including a notorious version of King Lear , which starred John Gielgud and was designed by the experimental Japanese American artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi
Michael Redgrave - After appearing as Frank Elgin in "Winter Journey" at the St James's April 1952, he rejoined the Stratford company in 1953 appearing as Shylock, King Lear and Antony in "Antony and Cleopatra", playing Antony when the company transferred to the Prince's Theatre in November 1953 before touring in the Netherlands, Belgium and Paris
Charles Laughton - He made his final theatre appearances as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as King Lear at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1959, although failing health resulted in both performances being disappointing, according to some British critics.
Philip Bosco - He received a Tony Award nomination for his debut in "The Rape of the Belt" in 1960 and spent the next three decades supporting major stars in classic revivals like "Cyrano de Bergerac", "King Lear," and "Twelfth Night
Trevor Howard - Howard left behind just two Shakespeare performances, the first, recorded in the 1960s, was as Petruchio opposite Margaret Leighton's Kate in Caedmon Records' complete recording of "The Taming of the Shrew"; the second was in the title role of "King Lear" for the BBC World Service in 1986
At Stratford-upon-Avon in 1962, Peter Brook set the action simply, against a huge, empty white stage
Ming Cho Lee - Lee's first Broadway play as Scenic Designer was "The Moon Besieged" in 1962; he went on to design the sets for over 20 Broadway shows, including Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, The Glass Menagerie, "The Shadow Box," and "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf"
Ruth Sobotka - She appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions and was a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre during their first season in 1963, playing Cordelia in "King Lear"
Ezio Frigerio - From on a fertile artistic marriage started between art director and producer, setting up several unique productions as "I giganti della montagna" , "Santa Giovanna dei macelli" , "Re Lear" , "Il temporale" , "L'Illusion Comique", which premiered in 1984 at Théatre de l'Odéon in Paris , "La grande magia", which premiered in 1985 and was reprised several times
Ian Holm - He received the 1967 Tony *award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in "The Homecoming" and the 1998 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of "King Lear"
Timothy West - Edinburgh Festival - Timothy West has played Macbeth twice, Uncle Vanya twice, Solness in "The Master Builder" twice, and King Lear three times: in 1971 for Prospect Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival and on a worldwide tour; in 1991 in Dublin for Second Age and in 2003 for English Touring Theatre, on tour in the UK and at the Old Vic
Michael Kitchen - He played the role of Martin in the original production of Dennis Potter's "Brimstone and Treacle"; Peter in Stephen Poliakoff's "Caught on a Train"; Edmund in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of "King Lear"; the Antipholi in the same series' production of "The Comedy of Errors"; Private Bamforth in the 1979 BBC television play of "The Long and the Short and the Tall"; Rochus Misch in "The Bunker"; In 1993 he appeared in an episode of the BBC Police TV-series Between the Lines; as Berkeley Cole in "Out of Africa", t
Also for English television, Laurence Olivier took the role in a 1983 TV production for Granada Television
Dominic Muldowney - Film and television credits include music for "Loose Connections" , some of the music for "1984" , he wrote scores for "Sharpe's Eagle" and "King Lear" and "Stella Street"
Laurence Olivier - Finally, in 1983 Olivier played his last great Shakespearean role, King Lear, for Granada Television.
In 1985 a major screen adaptation of the play appeared: "Ran", directed by Akira Kurosawa
James Purefoy - Purefoy subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988 and appeared in "The Constant Couple", "Macbeth", "The Tempest", "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and "King Lear" as Edgar
Simon Russell Beale - He broadened his range in the early 1990s with moving performances as Konstantin in Chekhov's "The Seagull", as Oswald in Ibsen's "Ghosts", Ferdinand in "The Duchess of Malfi" and as Edgar in "King Lear"
Jane Smiley - Her best-selling "A Thousand Acres", a story based on William Shakespeare's "King Lear", received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992
Indeed, modern productions of Shakespeare's plays often reflect the world in which they are performed as much as the world for which they were written: and the Moscow theatre scene in 1994 provided an example, when two very different productions of the play , very different from one another in their style and outlook, were both reflections on the break-up of the Soviet Union
John Gielgud - Gielgud gave one of his final radio performances in the title role of an All Star production of King Lear in 1994 that was mounted to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Barrie Kosky - In 1998 he directed "Mourning Becomes Electra" for the STC, and "King Lear" for the Bell Shakespeare company's touring production
The play was again adapted to the world of gangsters in Don Boyd's 2001 "My Kingdom", a version which differs from all others in commencing with the Lear character, Sandeman, played by Richard Harris, in a loving relationship with his wife
Christopher Plummer - He was nominated for a Tony *award and a Drama Desk *award for his 2004 "King Lear" and for a Tony playing Henry Drummond in the 2007 revival of "Inherit the Wind"
Tanya Moiseiwitsch - In addition, she is credited for the 2004 revival of "King Lear", in which the scenery was based on her designs for Stratford
Dominic Dromgoole - At the Globe, he directed "Coriolanus" and "Antony and Cleopatra" for the 2006 season, "Love's Labour's Lost" for the 2007 season and "King Lear" in 2008
Mili Avital - In theater, Avital played Cordelia in "King Lear" at the Electric Lodge , 2006, directed by Patsy Rodenburg
David Warner (actor) - According to his 2007 programme CV, Warner's other work for the theatre has included "The Great Exhibition" at Hampstead Theatre ; "I, Claudius" at the Queen's Theatre ; "A Feast of Snails" at the Lyric Theatre ; "Where There's a Will" at the Theatre Royal, Bath; "King Lear" at Chichester Festival Theatre ; and "Major Barbara" on Broadway
Frances Barber - Barber is a regular face on British television; she guest starred in the spring 2007 season of the BBCs "Hustle", reprised her role as Goneril in the 2008 TV film of "King Lear"
Ron Cook - In 2011, he played The Fool in "King Lear" starring Derek Jacobi at the Donmar and on an 8-week tour
Neve McIntosh - In September 2011 she played Goneril in a production of King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
Nicholas Bailey - King Lear - Bailey has performed in numerous theatre productions, with roles including, Macduff in Macbeth at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, October 2014; Robert Mugabe's security officer Gabriel in "Breakfast with Mugabe", and The Duke of Burgundy in Richard Eyre's production of "King Lear" at the National Theatre, London
Brian Blessed - On 19 January 2015, Blessed collapsed on stage during a performance of King Lear with the Guildford Shakespeare Company, in which his daughter Rosalind was acting
Don Warrington - Warrington won universal acclaim for his performance as King Lear in the 2016 Talawa Theatre Company and Manchester Royal Exchange co-production, with critics describing it as a "heartbreaking tour-de-force", The Stage wrote that "Warrington seizes and owns it with magnetic, majestic power"
"The Globe and Mail", July 5, 2017
Glenda Jackson - Jackson has returned to the role of King Lear in the spring of 2019 with the production set for a Broadway opening in April and currently in previews