King Lear

BUY TICKETS 7pm Wednesday 28 November

PLAY broadcast AS LIVE from the Duke of York’s Theatre, London (recorded live on Thursday 27 September)

Ian McKellen gives an intensely moving portrayal of Lear in the five-star Chichester Festival Theatre production which has transferred to 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.

At its heart is Ian McKellen’s mesmerising performance, exploring the vulnerability of old age, the absoluteness of death, the fragility of life and of sanity with such humanity, such a mixture of twinkling mischief, unforgivable cruelty, gentleness and sad acceptance of his failings that it takes your breath away … however good the rest of the cast, it is McKellen who is unforgettable … If, at 78, this really is his last stage performance in Shakespeare, it makes a stunning finale. Heather Neill, The Arts Desk

Please note that this production of King Lear will contain strobe lighting.

Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 19-30 £15 18 & under £10
Running time: 3 hrs 50 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 6.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A – contains moderate violence and language

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