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Image from King Lear, Brook, Royal Shakespeare Company, November 1962
Image from King Lear, Brook, Royal Shakespeare Company, November 1962
Image from King Lear, Brook, Royal Shakespeare Company, November 1962
Performance Details - King Lear
Brook, Royal Shakespeare Company, November 1962
"Peter Brook's set is as simple in conception as the production is complex: a pair of enormous white flats and a prevalence of rusty metal props. Some of these are representational such as a chair that settles into the stage like an iron tooth; but they are mostly abstract shapes, suggesting a sculptor's distillation of complex designs. The set is flooded with white light. Taken together lighting and set have the effect of placing the action in an emotional remove, and while this serves to heighten psychological clarity it also works against atmosphere." Irving Wardle, Plays and Players 1.63
Opening Date: 6 November 1962
Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Company
Theatre Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
 
 
Cast - King Lear
Ian Cullen Captain
Diana Rigg Cordelia
Philip Brack Curan
Gareth Morgan Doctor
Peter Jeffrey Duke of Albany
Tony Steedman Duke of Burgundy
Tony Church Duke of Cornwall
Alan Webb Earl of Gloucester
Tom Fleming Earl of Kent
Brian Murray Edgar
James Booth Edmund
Alec McCowen Fool
Irene Worth Goneril
John Corvin Herald
Paul Schofield King Lear
Hugh Sullivan King of France
Michael Murray Knight
Peter Geddis Messenger
Michael Burrell Old Man
Clive Swift Oswald
Patience Collier Regan
Edmond Bennett Servant
Peter Brook director and designer
John Barton fight arranger
William Shakespeare playwright

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