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King Lear (PG)

Wednesday 21 September 2016 to Thursday 22 September 2016

King Lear (PG)

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  • Director Peter Brook
  • Origin UK
  • Year 1970
  • Duration 134 minutes

Legendary stage director Peter Brook directs his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. King Lear (Paul Scofield), having decided to split his kingdom between his three daughters, decides to apportion the lands according to which daughter declaims her love for him best.

When his daughter Cordelia refuses to flatter her father’s ego with claims of devotion, Lear angrily gives the lion’s share of his power to her sisters, Goneril and Regan. They soon abuse the trust, and Lear finds himself emasculated and powerless. Before long he is drifting into madness, as his former empire falls apart.

Part of BFI's Shakespeare On Film Season
It is a year of Shakespeare as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death. With a host of live performances and screenings, QUAD has put together a short season of some of the best adaptations and films that have been inspired by the works.