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“King Lear” Adapted As A SF Film

In short, Richard Eyre’s style is a superb way to approach the Bard in the age of the Shard.

While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this “King Lear” is so physical, the acting so expressive, and the whole cast – top-notch – takes Anthony Hopkins’ lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone.

King Lear” is a 2018 British-American television film directed by Richard Eyre.

An adaptation of the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, cut to just 115 minutes, was broadcast on BBC Two.

Starring Anthony Hopkins as the title character, the adaptation is set in an alternate universe 21st-century highly militarized London and depicts the tragedy that follows when the sovereign King Lear announces the end of his reign and the division of his kingdom among his three daughters.

Anthony Hopkins as Lear

Emma Thompson as Goneril

Emily Watson as Regan

Jim Broadbent as Earl of Gloucester

Florence Pugh as Cordelia

Jim Carter as Earl of Kent

Andrew Scott as Edgar

John Macmillan as Edmund

Tobias Menzies as Duke of Cornwall

Anthony Calf as Duke of Albany

Karl Johnson as Fool

Christopher Eccleston as Oswald

John Standing as Butler

What a story! Well done, Will. Fantastic imagery and art direction. It is an absolute joy to watch Hopkins, Thompson, Menzies, Watson, and Christopher Eccleston chew into Shakespeare.”


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