Great Performances

  • 1972
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perhaps its most famous. There have been more than 600 `Great Performances' all told. Some might have been...

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King Lear

First Aired: February 20, 1974

James Earl Jones stars as "King Lear" in Shakespeare's tragedy about treachery and corruption in Celtic Britain. Jones emphasizes the aged ruler's intemperate rage and vanity that drive him to banish his most devoted daughter and plunge his kingdom into civil war. Kent: Douglass Watson. Gloucester: Paul Sorvino. Edmund: Raul Julia. Cordelia: Lee Chamberlin. Goneril: Rosiland Cash. Regan: Ellen Holly. Edgar: Rene Auberjonois.

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  • Premiered: November 4, 1972
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perh… (more)

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