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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: King Lear With Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer on location in a Boston warehouse.
Courtesy of Mark Molesworth
Christopher Plummer on location in a Boston warehouse.

Airs Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Season two of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED features six episodes combining history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Hugh Bonneville, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Kim Cattrall and Joseph Fiennes — to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Christopher Plummer with Tanya Pollard (Shakespeare expert) in The Paramount.
Courtesy of Mark Molesworth
Christopher Plummer with Tanya Pollard (Shakespeare expert) in The Paramount.

"King Lear With Christopher Plummer" - Actor Christopher Plummer originally played the role of King Lear under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play six times. Plummer explores how the work might have been staged during Shakespeare’s time, and acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale give their insight into playing the part of the troubled king.

Video clips and past episodes from this series are available for online viewing. SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED is on Facebook, and you can follow @shakespearepbs on Twitter.

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