NT Live: King Lear

12A

Last shown on 27 September 2018

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five star reviews for its sell out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers one a King, one his courtier reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Please note that King Lear will contain strobe lighting


Duration
3 hours 40 minutes
Cast
Ian McKellen

★★★★★
‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear' - Independent

‘Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.’ - Evening Standard

‘This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.’ - The Stage

★★★★

‘Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.’ - Guardian

‘Nuanced and powerful.’ The Times

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