King Lear: Second Edition

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Manchester University Press, 2004 - Drama - 216 pages
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This updated and expanded analysis of King Lear in performance includes new chapters on the television version of the Royal National Theatre production directed by Richard Eyre and starring Ian Holm; and on Akira Kurosawa's Ran. Earlier chapters provide close, detailed analyses of the stage, film and television interpretations of John Gielgud, Harley Granville Barker, Paul Scofield, Peter Brook, Peter Ustinov, Michael Gambon, Adrian Noble, Grigori Kozintsev, Michael Hordern, Jonathan Miller, Laurence Olivier and Michael Elliott. By examining such issues as the playing of Lear, the staging of the storm and the battle, and the choice of historical period, this book shows how interpretation and performance are bound together, and how the play is transformed through different historical and political contexts.
 

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Contents

Problems and choices
1
John Gielgud and Harley Granville Barker
24
Peter Brook and Paul Scofield
41
Robin Phillips and Peter Ustinov
62
Adrian Noble Michael Garnbon and Antony Sher
77
Grigori Kozintsev
88
Peter Brook
105
Jonathan Miller and Michael Hordern
118
Laurence Olivier
132
Ian Holm and Richard Eyre
144
Crosscultural dialogue Akira Kurosawas Ran
169
Conclusion
200
Appendix
203
Bibliography
207
Index
213
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King Lear
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About the author (2004)

Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto.

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