King Lear

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

DVD - 1999

Produced by Granada Television in their Manchester studios for transmission by the then fledgling Channel Four, this video production of King Lear is the timeless tale of avarice and lust for power in which a foolish king descends into madness after he divides his vast kingdom between two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, unleashing a conspiracy of greed and cruelty and bringing tragic consequences for all.

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Television adaptations
West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur [1999?]
Full screen
Item Description
Special features include: Cast; character descriptions; plot summary; scene-by-scene outline; biographies of William Shakespeare and Laurence Olivier; filmography of Laurence Olivier.
Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (158 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; NTSC; 4:3 full screen; Dolby 2.0.
Production Credits
Videotape editors, D. L. Hayes, Ron Swain ; fight arranger, Bill Hobbs ; music composed and conducted by Gordon Crosse, played by members of the Halle Orchestra.
Other Authors
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 (-)
  • Act 1: Beginning/King Lear's palace
  • The Earl of Gloucester's castle
  • The Duke of Albany's palace
  • A hall in the same
  • Court before the same
  • Act 2: Gloucester's castle
  • Before Gloucester's castle
  • A wood
  • Before Gloucester's castle
  • Act 3: A heath (Deleted by director)
  • Another part of the heath
  • Gloucester's castle
  • The heath before a hovel
  • Gloucester's castle
  • A chamber in a farmhouse adjoining the castle
  • Gloucester's castle
  • Act 4: A heath
  • Before Albany's palace
  • The French camp near Dover (Deleted by director)
  • The same. A tent (Deleted by director)
  • Gloucester's castle
  • Fields near Dover
  • A tent in the French camp
  • Act 5: The British camp, near Dover
  • A field between the two camps
  • The British camp near Dover
  • Credits.