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FILM SYNOPSIS

12A As Live

NT Live - King Lear

220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)

Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Release Date:
27/09/2018
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Genre:
Theatre;

BBFC Consumer Advice:This as live certificate has been provided for cinema exhibition on the basis of information provided by the distributor and without the material being viewed prior to exhibition. PLEASE NOTE this performance starts promptly at the advertised time.

National Theatre Live - King Lear
By William Shakespeare

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

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.