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Don Warrington's King Lear to be made available on BBC iPlayer

Pepter Lunkuse as Cordelia and Don Warrington as King Lear Image copyright Jonathan Keenan
Image caption The production saw Don Warrington take on the titular role

An "epic" staging of King Lear starring veteran actor Don Warrington is to be made available on the BBC iPlayer.

The production, which played in Manchester in April, will be put on demand for 30 days from 11 July.

A co-production between Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Exchange, it also starred Harry Potter actor Alfred Enoch and Holby City's Rakie Ayola.

Talawa artistic director Michael Buffong said it was "exciting" to bring the play to "a wider audience".

"We are always seeking to push ourselves as artists, always trying to go beyond what is expected," he added.

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Image caption How To Get Away With Murder and Harry Potter actor Alfred Enoch played Edgar in the play

The critically-acclaimed production also featured Philip Whitchurch, who appeared in The Bill and My Hero, and former Emmerdale actor Wil Johnson.

The film has been funded by digital commissioning body The Space and will be made available across a range of platforms including cinema over the next year.

The Space's chief executive Fiona Morris said the move would "ensure that the audience for this powerful production continues to grow".

King Lear: the Film is being included on the BBC iPlayer as part of the corporation's Shakespeare Lives digital festival.

The film will be available on the festival's dedicated site until 30 September.

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Image caption Rakie Ayola and Debbie Korley played two of King Lear's daughters, Goneril and Regan

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