A special National Theatre Live Encore screening providing a unique opportunity to see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear recorded from London’s West End. 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.
Dir: Jonathan Munby I UK I 2018 I 3 hr 40 mins I Cert: 12A
Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.