King Lear on DVD and Digital Theatre

The epic production of King Lear: The Film starring Don Warrington is available on DVD, and to view at Digital Theatre.

  • Filmed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in May 2016 and released in July 2016, King Lear played to sell out theatre crowds during its run, winning 4 and 5 star reviews across the board, described by critics as ‘a heartbreaking tour-de-force’ (Telegraph).

    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, Guys And Dolls) and was a co-production between Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company, in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

    King Lear: The Film was 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 was also supported by the British Council as part of their Shakespeare Lives programme, showcasing the best of British contemporary arts to an international audience.

    King Lear: The Film is a Talawa Theatre Company / Royal Exchange Theatre / Saffron Cherry TV production in association with Lion Eyes TV.

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  • The Guardian

    ★★★★ “as close to definitive as can be”

  • The Telegraph

    ★★★★ “Don Warrington's King Lear is a heartbreaking tour de force”

  • The Times

    ★★★★ " ... a significant production"

  • Financial Times

    ★★★★ " ... illuminating collective portrait"

  • The Observer

    ★★★★ "Don Warrington's flummoxed King is a Lear to savour"

  • The Stage

    ★★★★ " ... outstanding"

  • Manchester Evening News

    ★★★★ " ... a lavish spectacle ... it romps"

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