King Lear [DVD] / Omnibus - Peter Brook's production [of the play] by William Shakespeare ; Omnibus produced by Robert Saudek Associates ; producer, Fred Rickey ; director, Andrew McCullough. / Omnibus - Peter Brook's production [of the play] by William Shakespeare ; Omnibus produced by Robert Saudek Associates ; producer, Fred Rickey ; director, Andrew McCullough
DVD | Distributed by E1 Entertainment | 
Available at CloverHill DVD (DVD KIN) plus 1 more
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 reference guide (15 p. : ports. ; 19 cm.)
DVD, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Title from container.
Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Arnold Moss, Bramwell Fletcher, Margaret Phillips, David J. Stewart, Alan Badel, Beatrice Straight.
Host, Alistair Cooke.
Staged by Peter Brook ; music, Virgil Thomson.
Originally broadcast live on CBS Oct. 11, 1953, on the television program Omnibus.
"Omnibus, volume 3."
King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.
Special featurs: Backstage preview of Omnibus: King Lear (10/11/53); Dr. Frank Baxter on The Globe Theatre (11/29/53); Alistair Cooke: live remote from the Yale Shakespeare Festival, including scenes from "The merry wives of Windsor" (2/21/54); Walter Kerr on staging Shakespeare, including scenes from "Hamlet" (1/30/55). Booklet with contributions by Peter Brook and Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow.
Container title: King Lear : the historic Omnibus production
At head of title: Archive of American Television presents
Omnibus (Television program : 1952-1961)