Shakespearean double play: Tragedy of ‘King Lear’ could triumph at both Tonys and Emmys

Shakespearean double play: Tragedy of ‘King Lear’ could triumph at both Tonys and Emmys
William Shakespeare is quite prolific for a playwright who has been dead for four centuries. His plays have been adapted many, many, many times. But 2019 is unique in that one of his most famous plays, the tragedy of “King Lear,” could win Tonys and Emmys in the very same year.

King Lear” is the story of an aged monarch choosing how to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. It was made into a 2018 telefilm that cut the play down to about two hours and moved the action to 21st century London. It aired on BBC Two last May, but it streamed on Amazon in September, so it’s eligible to win Emmys later this year. As of this writing it ranks third in our predictions for Best TV Movie, and Anthony Hopkins is a strong contender to be nominated for the title role.

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