We are delighted to present the NT Live broadcast of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear with Ian McKellen live from live from London’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
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 contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear (an extraordinarily moving portrayal by McKellen) 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.
This 'King Lear' is an intensely moving experience, not just for its piercing portrait of advancing mortality and a man losing his grip both on power and of himself, but also for the melancholic weight of age that McKellen inevitably now brings to it - he is 11 years older now than when he last played the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Joining Ian McKellen and original cast members Sinéad Cusack, Kirsty Bushell and Danny Webb at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre are James Corrigan (Edmund), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Regan), Luke Thompson (Edgar) & Aneka-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia). 220m inc intervals.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Thu 27 Sep 19:00 (Live)
Sun 30 Sep 14:30 (Encore)