King Lear (2018)

 

King Lear with his youngest daughter in his arms

King Lear and his youngest daughter ©BBC

 

Director: Richard Eyre

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, John Macmillan, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston, Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf and Karl Johnson

Production Company: Playground Entertainment, Amazon Studios and BBC

Kent Locations Used: Dover

King Lear is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film tells the tragic story of King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) who abdicates his throne in favour of his two corrupt daughters Regan (Emily Watson) and Goneril (Emma Thompson), rejecting his loving and honest third daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh) when she fails his test of flattery.

Director, Richard Eyre, has previously worked on films Notes on a Scandal, Iris, and Stage Beauty. Anthony Hopkins who plays King Lear, is best known for his role in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hitchcock. Emma Thompson as eldest daughter Goneril, was previously in Love Actually and The Remains of the Day.

Scenes were filmed in various locations in Dover, such as at Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe, and Abbot’s Cliff.

King Lear will air on Monday 28 May 2018 at 9:30pm on BBC Two.

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For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on King Lear visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7473890/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

For more information on Dover see: http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/useful-info/tourist-information-centres/dover-tourist-information-centre-p82091

For more information on Dover Castle see: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

For more information on Samphire Hoe see: http://www.samphirehoe.com/uk/visit-us/

For more information on Abbot’s Cliff see: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/local/abbots-cliff-dover