Spitting, hollow-eyed and gently descending into madness, Hopkins brings us 80 year-old King Lear the moment he decides to divide his kingdom between his daughters Goneril (Emma Thompson) Regan (Emily Watson) and Cordelia (Florence Pugh) based on how much affection they have for him.
Cordelia refuses to embellish the purity of her love for him, and is banished. Goneril and Regan, finding themselves more powerful than before, expel their ageing father just as Lear's Prime Minister Gloucester (Jim Broadbent) is himself betrayed by his children and forced into hiding.
Early previews of this TV film show a cast who roars and rages as King Lear becomes mad, in a forceful adaptation that updates this Shakespearian play with modern staging and twenty-first century military garb.
|What||King Lear, BBC Two|
|Where||BBC Two, BBC Two , BBC Two , BBC Two | MAP|
28 May 18 – 31 Oct 18, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM