Thursday, October 14, 2010

Solomon Mikhoels plays King Lear

This is not the ending of Gordin's Jewish King Lear, obviously, but a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare's King Lear. This was one of the most famous plays of the Yiddish theatre in the Soviet Union. The clip is from 1935 (Yiddish theatre was permitted and even encouraged under Stalin). Mikhoels' performance influenced actors and directors even outside the Jewish community, in the mainstream Russian theatre.

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