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King Lear


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A Play of the Month presentation with and Make-up EILEEN MAIR
Costume designer JUANITA WATERSON Lighting DENNIS CHANNON Designer VIC symonds
The 1948 production of John Gielgud in Hamlet: today 5.20-9.0 pm R3. Two gentlemen of the drama - Jonathan Miller on directing Lear for TV and Sir John Gielgud remembering Hamlet: see feature pages


Unknown: William Shakespeare
Unknown: Eileen Mair
Designer: Juanita Waterson
Unknown: Dennis Channon
Designer: Vic Symonds
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Jonathan Miller
Unknown: John Gielgud
Unknown: Jonathan Miller
Unknown: Sir John Gielgud
King Lear: Michael Hordern
Goneril: Sarah Badel
Cordelia: Angela Down
Edmund: Michael Jayston
the Fool: Frank Middiemass
the: Anthony Nicholls
Earl: Of Gloucester
Edgar: Ronald Pickup
Regan: Penelope Wilton
Earl of Kent: Ewan Hooper
Duke of Albany: Benjamin Whitrow
Duke of Cornwall: John Shrapnel
Oswald: Donald Gee
Duke of Burgundy: David Horovitch
King of France: David Neal
First servant: Mike Hayward
Second servant: Roger Elliott
Third servant: Geoffrey Collins
Old man: George Merritt
Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia: David Kincaid
Doctor: Leslie Glazer
Captain: Paul Haley
Herald: David Sinclair
First Officer: Alec Sabin
Second Officer: Terry Wright

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