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4.0 out of 5 stars Towering performance, 20 July 2009
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This review is from: King Lear [DVD] (DVD)
King Lear is a mountain of a part to play. Ian McKellen's recent RSC performance was a triumph, both in the UK and on tour and this is a DVD of the production. With a terrific cast (including Romola Garai and William Gaunt) and wonderful staging, this was one of the most eagerly awaited productions for many years and it is great to have this piece of work on permanent record. So why only 4 stars? Well, simply because it is almost impossible to make plays impressive on screen. While this is a good attempt, what seemed lively on stage, appears far more static on screen - this is not the fault of the cast or the direction, but simply a reflection that something gets lost in the process. But it is still the best version of this great play that is available on DVD and well worth owning.
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