This series combines history, biography, iconic performances, analysis and the personal passion of its hosts to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays especially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
Shakespeare Uncovered Previous Broadcasts
King Lear with Christopher Plummer (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Actor Christopher Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare's time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.