Paul Scofield (1922-2008) - A Man for All Seasons
But it was his performance as King Lear in Peter Brook’s 1962 stage production which is widely considered his finest and greatest role. The Stratford production transferred to London and went on tour across Europe in succeeding year. It was also heralded in Moscow and New York. Thankfully, it was preserved for posterity in a screen version which, to date, is without parallel.
On stage, screen and radio Paul Scofield played most of the major Shakespearean roles, and throughout his career he was lauded for sonorous voice, his distinguished appearance and tremendous presence. He mysteriously always eschewed a knighthood, only accepting elevation to Companion of Honour in 2001.
He was without the theatrical flamboyance of the Gielgud, Olivier, Richardson generation, and remained an intensely private man. The world is the darker for his passing.Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
But while Cranmer does not begrudge the success of Paul Scofield with ‘A Man for All Seasons’, he is bemused to still be awaiting a film version of his own life, which is, by all accounts, every bit as theologically challenging, politically engaging, and spiritually inspiring as that of the traitor More.
Though what to call it…?