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12 July 2016

King Lear: The Film

A divided kingdom; family disintegration; chaos and disorder reigns.


See the critically acclaimed Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production in a ravishing stage to screen adaptation: WATCH NOW

The epic production of King Lear: The Film starring Don Warrington is on release from today, and is available free and on-demand through the BBC in the UK and internationally as part of the BBC/British Council Shakespeare Lives digital festival at bbc.co.uk/shakespearelives for the next three months. 

King Lear: The Film was captured at the Royal Exchange Theatre in May 2016, King Lear played to sell out theatre crowds during its run, winning 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and was described by the Guardian as ‘as close to definitive as can be’.

The original ‘intelligent and theatrical’ (Guardian) stage production was directed by Michael Buffong (A Raisin in the Sun, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, All My Sons) and was a co-production between Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Exchange Theatre in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.