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Simon Russell Beale discussing 'King Lear' and dementia

Simon Russell Beale Discussing King Lear and Dementia

Another actor noted for his portrayal of King Lear is Simon Russell Beale, who was directed by Sam Mendes in the 2014 production of the play at London’s National Theatre.

We invite you to follow the link below to watch an interview with Simon Russell Beale, who talks to the National Theatre’s Mark Leipacher about taking on the role of Lear, and about how his research into Lewy Body Dementia helped him to prepare for the part. The link below will take you to the part of the 57 minute interview where Simon begins to discuss his research into Lewy Body Dementia.

Please feel free to watch as much of the interview as you’d like, but it is the section between 12:26 and 16:48 that we are most interested in for the purposes of the course:

A PDF transcript of this section of the interview has been made available below, for those who ar enot able to access YouTube. Please see the link in the ‘downloads’ area below.

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Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

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