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Theatre Property

Theatre Property

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, Wood, Metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Martin Scofield

  • Museum number:

    S.143-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Leather whip with a thick handle and plaited lash narrowing towards the tip, 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.

Physical description

Leather whip with a thick handle and plaited lash narrowing towards the tip. Metal nails flat topped nails and large stitches have been used to attach the leather to the integral wooden handle. Used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Leather, Wood, Metal

Dimensions

Length: 34 cm Handle to base of coiled lash, Width: 4 cm approximate

Descriptive line

Leather whip with a thick handle and plaited lash narrowing towards the tip, used by Paul Scofield (1922-2008) in Peter Brook's 1971 film of King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Materials

Leather

Techniques

Sewing; Hammering

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Clothing

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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