Theatre Property

1968 (made)

unknown

Circumference: 26.5 cm, Diameter: 8.5 cm

S.149-2013 T&P

Copper bracelet or cuff. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Copper bracelet or cuff. There are no fastenings but the bracelet fits relatively tightly to the wrist, with a small opening at the centre back. The bracelet narrows at this point, widening from the left and right edge of the opening to meet in a wide, softened diamond at the centre front. The copper ground of the bracelet has been incised with a series of Celtic inspired motifs, primarily the four pointed cross. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of <i>King Lear</i> by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Copper bracelet or cuff. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of King Lear 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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