Theatre Property

1968 (made)

unknown

Length: 67.5 cm Handle to base, Width: 2 cm

S.144-2013 T&P

Long narrow whip, the handle bound in strips of suede, the remainder bound in strips of animal hide, with a narrow band of leather winding round the body of the whip from the tip to the base of the handle. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Long narrow whip, the handle bound in strips of suede, the remainder bound in strips of animal hide, with a narrow band of leather winding round the body of the whip from the base of the handle to the tip and extending into a small, plaited tassel, at this point. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of <i>King Lear</i> by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Long narrow whip, the handle bound in strips of suede, the remainder bound in strips of animal hide, with a narrow band of leather winding round the body of the whip from the tip to the base of the handle. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of <i>King Lear</i> by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). In 2004 a poll of 200 members of the Royal Shakespeare Company voted Paul Scofield’s King Lear as the greatest performance in a play by Shakespeare. Scofield played Lear for the RSC in 1962, directed by Peter Brook. ‘This production brings me closer to Lear than I have ever been; from now on, I not only know him but can place him in his harsh and unforgiving world’, wrote Kenneth Tynan (Observer, 11 November 1962). Scofield’s towering performance was re-created for the screen when Brook directed a film of the play, released in 1971. This was not intended as a film of the stage version, though it used several of the RSC production’s leading players. It was shot on location in the snow-covered landscapes of North Jutland, Denmark, during the winter of 1968-1969. Filmed in black and white, play and setting matched each other in bleakness.

Given by Martin Scofield

Location: In Storage

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