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Trivia / King Lear

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The original play:

  • Older Than They Think: 21st century audiences may be surprised to hear the word "Unfriended" in a work written centuries before Facebook, though here it is an adjective to describe the state of being without friends, not a verb for deleting someone from your social media.
  • What Could Have Been: 2009 saw two adaptations being planned - the first featuring Al Pacino as Lear and the second Anthony Hopkins. The latter also slated Gwyneth Paltrow as Goneril, Naomi Watts as Regan and Keira Knightley as Cordelia. Both were cancelled, and it was speculated that it was due to the recession.

The 1971 Peter Brook adaptation:

  • Dueling Works: With Grigori Kozintsev's adaptation in Soviet Russia.
  • Playing Gertrude: Irene Worth, who played Goneril, was four years older than Paul Scofield - who plays her father.

The 1983 TV Movie:


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