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Wagner (Channel 4 1983, Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave)



A cast of legendary British actors come together to tell the equally legendary story of the great composer in the mini-series Wagner.

Made in 1983 and featuring the last screen appearance of Richard Burton, Wagner tells the epic story of the German composer who sealed his position as one of the greatest composers ever thanks to some incredible work during the middle of the 19th century, but he was just as famous for his personal life creating a major scandal by having an affair with Liszt’s illegitimate daughter.

Featuring a towering central performance from Burton, the cast also includes Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.

production details
UK | Channel 4 | 10×50 minutes | 1983

Richard Burton as Richard Wagner
Marthe Keller as Mathilde Wesendonck
Vanessa Redgrave as Cosima von Bulow
László Gálffi as King Ludwig II of Bavaria
John Gielgud as Pfistermeister
Miguel Herz-Kestranek as Hans von Bülow
Ralph Richardson as Pfordten
Laurence Olivier as Pfeuffer