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King Lear
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Produced by Paul Wheeler
Written by William Shakespeare
Starring Ian McKellen
Romola Garai
Frances Barber
Jonathan Hyde
Sylvester McCoy
Cinematography Paul Wheeler
Distributed by Channel 4
Release date(s) 26 December 2008 (UK)
2008 (USA)
Running time 150 min
Country Britain
Language English

King Lear is a 2008 TV film based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name, directed by Trevor Nunn. It was broadcast on More4 in the UK on Christmas Day, and shown on PBS in America in March of 2009. The production was filmed mainly at Pinewood Studios in England.

It features the same cast and director as the recent RSC production, and started filming only a few days after the final performance at the New London Theatre, at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The film has already been released on DVD in the UK[1] and it is scheduled to be released in the US on 21 April 2009. It was shown on Channel 4 on 26 December 2008, as well as being broadcast on PBS in 2009 and a number of other TV stations internationally, including NHK Japan.[2]


Cast & Crew

The following cast and crew lists is confirmed on IMDb; in all probability minor roles will be played by the same cast as the RSC production


Confirmed cast

Confirmed crew

  • Line Producer - Andy Picheta
  • Cinematographer - Paul Wheeler

Production history

King Lear started filming only a few days after the final stage performance on the 12th January 2008. Filming at Pinewood Studios lasted for around a month.

Whilst McKellen appeared fully nude in the original production, PBS would not allow this on screen, so there was only a partial nudity.[3]


See also

External links

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