Ian Holm's King Lear, which played a "sold out to the skies" run for five months in 1997 in the Cottlesloe, the smallest of the Royal National Theatre's three stages, has been filmed for TV and receives its initial airing Mar. 21 in the UK on BBC2.
It is also expected to be aired late in 1998 in the U.S. on public television, but at this time an exact air date has not been announced.
Holm won an Olivier Award and practically every other UK theatre honor for his portrayal of the headstrong patriarch who descends into madness. The play's director, Richard Eyre -- who restaged the work for TV at the Shepperton Studios -- also received an Olivier.
The cast remains nearly the same, with one major exception -- fast-rising young actress Victoria Hamilton, who played Cordelia in last season's 'other Lear' (the Peter Hall staging at the Old Vic starring Alan Howard), has replaced Anne-Marie Duff in that same role.
The rest of the cast includes Amanda Redman as Regan, Barbara Flynn as Goneril, Paul Rhys as Edgar, Timothy West as Gloucester, Michael Simkins as Cornwall and Michael Bryant as the Fool. -- By Rebecca Paller