Trevor Nunn

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

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See Hugh Jackman in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” The Royal National Theatre production directed by Sir Trevor Nunn opened in London in 1998. Josefina Gabrielle, formerly a soloist with the National Ballet of Portugal, co-stars with Jackman as the headstrong Laurey. Also featured in the cast are […]

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Title Song: “Oklahoma!”

The Royal National Theatre cast of “Oklahoma!” perform the rousing title song by Rodgers & Hammerstein during the musical’s wedding scene. Hugh Jackman stars as Curly, Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller and Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey in this production directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. See the entire show on Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on […]

About the Show

Hugh Jackman had his breakout musical role in this Royal National Theatre production of “Oklahoma!” directed by Trevor Nunn.

Persons of the Play

King Lear Goneril His eldest daughter Regan His middle daughter Cordelia His youngest daughter Albany, Duke of Goneril’s husband Cornwall, Duke of Regan’s husband Gloucester, Duke of (pronounced “Gloster”) Edgar His legitimate son Edmund His bastard son (later called “Gloucester” himself after he usurps his father’s title) Kent King Lear’s loyal earl Duke of Burgundy […]

King Lear, Starring Ian McKellen

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Short Synopsis The monumental tragedy of an old king who decides to divide his kingdom among his daughters, but imposes a love test on each to merit her portion. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him falsely, sending Lear into a rage. He withdraws her portion, exiles his best friend, and generally becomes increasingly […]

King Lear, Starring Ian McKellen

Interview with Sir Ian McKellen on playing King Lear

Sir Ian McKellen discusses how Trevor Nunn’s set design seeks to preserve the original intention of Shakespeare, performing Shakespeare for the camera, the task of performing King Lear’s transformation from King into madman, the significance of Lear’s relationship with the gods, and how playing Lear, the “Everest” of Shakespeare, often is considered the summation of […]

Ian McKellen Film

Ian McKellen has been praised as the Olivier of our age.  But for the many Shakespearean roles he has taken on stage, we only have three previous Shakespearean plays with him in film—Macbeth with Judi Dench (1979), Othello in which he plays Iago (1990), and Richard III (1995).  He will be 70 in May; this […]

About King Lear on Great Performances Online

“It is we who paint the leaves” This King Lear section of Great Performances Online provides a wide range of resources for appreciating King Lear, as well as a living means by which the play may be actively and creatively engaged.  The resources include: Ian McKellen’s full film (after 25 March); reviews of all other […]

Interview: Trevor Nunn, Director

Sir Trevor Nunn, aged 63, directed “Oklahoma!” for the National Theatre in London in 1998 and filmed this screen adaptation before the production moved to the West End the following year. The revival opened on Broadway in March 2002. Sir Trevor was artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 18 years (1968-1986) and artistic […]

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