Watch Anthony Hopkins’ King Lear Takes Command Video | Emma Thompson & Christopher Eccleston

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“London at night, the capital’s priapic new edifices – the Shard, Gherkin etc – sparkle and thrust proudly skywards, something to do with the lusty stealth of nature perhaps.

“It looks a bit like the start of The Apprentice but it’s King Lear. “Nothing will come of nothing” … you’re fired.

“Just along the river, Gloucester and Kent (Jims Broadbent and Carter) arrive at the Tower in a black Range Rover. The king presumably will land at City airport in a Learjet. He doesn’t. They missed a trick there.

“Anyway, he’s already here at the Tower. In Richard Eyre’s TV adaptation, Lear (Anthony Hopkins) is a military dictator in the present, gathering the troops – and the family – for the division of the kingdom.”

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