Ian McKellen as King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company 2007.
This is a video recording of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear. Sir Ian McKellen plays Lear and Trevor Nunn is the artistic director. Mr. McKellen's Shakespearean résumé includes: Romeo, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Leontes, Richard II, Iago, Richard III and Prospero.
"It is one of the most lucid, powerful, and moving productions of this great tragedy that I have ever seen," wrote Charles Spencer, the theater critic of The Daily Telegraph of London, adding that Mr. McKellen's "grace, simplicity and rare candor" clarify "every stage of Lear's terrible journey" [As quoted in the NYT review, 9/2/07].
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