King Lear - NT Live

Thursday 27 September 2018 to Tuesday 16 October 2018

King Lear - NT Live

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  • Director Jonathan Munby
  • Origin UK
  • Year 2018
  • Duration 220 minutes


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

Live: Thursday 27th September at 7pm

Encores – Monday 15th October at 1pm and Tuesday 16th October at 7pm

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/Julie will contain strobe lighting