Shakespeare's Tragedies Box Set: RSC, DVD (2017)
Three of Shakespeares most famous tragedies are presented here. Rising star Paapa Essiedu gives a stunning performance in Simon Godwins riveting contemporary take on Hamlet ; Antony Sher leads the way as the proud but fatally flawed monarch in RSC Artistic Director Gregory Dorans acclaimed King Lear ; completing the collection is Iqbal Khans astonishing and ground-breaking production of Othello, featuring Hugh Quarshie in the title role and Lucian Msamati as Iago.
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Filmed live in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in June 2016
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.
Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.
As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
Filmed live in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in October 2016
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.
Antony Sher leads the way as the proud but fatally flawed monarch in RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran's acclaimed King Lear
Filmed live in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in August 2015
With Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Joanna Vanderham as Desdemona, Iqbal Khan’s ground-breaking production was the first by the RSC to cast a black actor, Lucian Msamati, as Iago
★ ★ ★ ★
‘Simply a terrific Hamlet, a blazing new star standing at the heart of an intelligent and engrossing production’
Sunday Times on Hamlet
★ ★ ★ ★
Times on King Lear
★ ★ ★ ★
'Electrifying. It feels as though history is being made.'
Daily Telegraph on
Region: 0 (Region Free)
Number of discs: 3
Running Time; Hamlet 180 minutes + 5 minutes of extras
Running Time: King Lear 181 minutes + 11 minutes of extras
Running Time: Othello 180 minutes + 13 minutes of extras
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