Nigel Hawthorne's Playscript for 'King Lear'

Scope and Content

Sir Nigel Hawthorne's playscript for King Lear, directed by Yukio Ninagawa and performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1999-2000. Also performed in Tokyo and at the Barbican Centre, London, October/November 1999.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, Coventry 5 April 1929. Educated at Christian Brothers' College, Cape Town, South Africa. Entered theatre professionally, 1950; returned to England, 1951. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the BBC comedy Yes [Prime] Minister won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992 he received the Olivier Award for his George III in Alan Bennett's hit stage play The Madness of George III. [For details of stage, film and TV roles, see Who Was Who]. Knighted 1999; Commander of the British Empire, 1987; Deputy Lieutenant. Died, Hertfordshire, 26 December 2001.

Reference: Who's Who, 2001 (

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Related Material

The Royal Shakespeare Company Archive, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon.