Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Jim Broadbent, Tobias Menzies, Christopher Eccleston and Andrew Scott: the BBC’s adaptation of King Lear certainly wasn’t short of A-list stars. Yet could this collection of performers do justice to the Shakespeare classic?
In a word: absolutely. Viewers were quick to praise the magnificent cast as they told the story of 80-year-old Lear, a ruler of Britain who sought to divide up his kingdom between his daughters – a division that led to a collapse into chaos, madness and warfare.
In particular, Hopkins, who played the titular troubled ruler, was singled out as a “master artist” and “mesmerising”.
Hopkins isn't just an actor – he's a master artist – he employs minimalism …stillness – but at the same time he's a giant …this is a masterclass- those with the power must get him back on stage – believe me – it's like being in the presence of a God #KingLear
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