“…Lear is the Everest of roles, and Don Warrington, in Michael Buffong’s 30th anniversary Talawa production, ascends the cliff face with magnificent authority.”
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The epic production of King Lear: The Film starring Don Warrington begins its free release from 11th July 2016, when it will initially be available on-demand through the BBC in the UK and internationally as part of the BBC/British Council Shakespeare Lives digital festival for three months online at bbc.co.uk/shakespearelives. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.
Captured at in the Royal Exchange Theatre in May 2016, King Lear played to sell out theatre crowds during its run, winning 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and was described by the Guardian as ‘as close to definitive as can be’.
The original ‘intelligent and theatrical’ (Guardian) stage production was directed by Michael Buffong (A Raisin in the Sun, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, All My Sons) and was a co-production between Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Exchange Theatre in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
King Lear: The Film is funded by digital commissioning body The Space with the aim of bringing the impressive production to a wider and more diverse digital and cinema audiences. It’s supported by the British Council as part of their major Shakespeare Lives programme, with the aim of showcasing the best of British contemporary arts to an international audience.
Over the next twelve months the film will be available to stream via a range of platforms, soon to be announced, including cinema and digital.