Item Details

King Lear

The TV-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation ; Peter Brook's production of [the play] by William Shakespeare ; producer, Fred Rickey ; staged by Peter Brook ; director, Andrew McCullough
Format
Video; Book; DVD
Summary
An abridged version of the play, this production condensed the play by eliminating the characters of Edgar and Edmund. King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.
Director
Andrew McCullough
Performers
Host, Alistair Cooke.
Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Arnold Moss, Bramwell Fletcher, Margaret Phillips, David J. Stewart, Alan Badel, Beatrice Straight.
Release Date
1953
Run Time
82 min.
Language
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Notes
  • "The historic Omnibus production"--Disc label & container.
  • "Omnibus, volume 3."--End credits.
  • "Omnibus produced by Robert Saudek Associates"--Container.
  • Special features: Backstage preview of Omnibus: King Lear (10/11/53); Dr. Frank Baxter on The Globe Theatre (11/29/53); Alistair Cooke: live remote from the Yale Shakespeare Festival, including scenes from "The merry wives of Windsor" (2/21/54); Walter Kerr on staging Shakespeare, including scenes from "Hamlet" (1/30/55). Booklet with contributions by Peter Brook and Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow.
Uniform Title
King Lear (Television Program : 1953)
Variant Title
At head of title on container: Archive of American Television presents
Orson Welles King Lear
End credits: Peter Brook's production of King Lear
Related Title
Contained in (work): Omnibus (Television program : 1952-1961)
ISBN
1417232870, 9781417232871
Credits
Music composed and conducted by Virgil Thomson.
Published
Port Washington, NY : Distributed by E1 Entertainment, [2010]
Recording Info
Originally broadcast live on CBS Oct. 18, 1953, on the television program Omnibus.
Publisher no.
E1E-DV-6753 E1 Entertainment
Description
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.
Technical Details
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