King Lear

A one-off drama broadcast on the BBC in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by celebrated director Richard Eyre boasts an all star cast.

Set in the fictional present, King Lear presides over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. When the aging king abdicates in favour of his two corrupt, toadying daughters, rejecting his loving, honest one, disaster looms.


  • Director | Richard Eyre
  • Writer (based on a play by) | William Shakespeare
  • Writer (adapted by) | Richard Eyre
  • Producer | Noelette Buckley
  • Executive Producer | Colin Callender
  • Executive Producer | Sonia Friedman
  • Executive Producer | Scott Huff


  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Emma Thompson
  • Florence Pugh
  • Emily Watson
  • Jim Carter
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Tobias Menzies
  • Andrew Scott

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