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NT : King Lear 3

Thu 11 October

ZZ NT : King Lear

A superbly detailed performance by McKellen

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.

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.

Recorded live from London’s West End on 27 September 2018, see this encore screening of Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (The Independent) of King Lear at the Bridport Electric Palace.


The Independent : 5 stars
Ian McKellen’s extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear

The Guardian : 4 stars
Ian McKellen delivers a profound portrait of a soul in torment

Running time: 3h 20 mins including one interval

This screening is certified as 12A as live and contains strobe lighting.

Photography (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts

Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear

The Independent

Smart, lucid, superbly detailed

The Guardian

Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production

The Daily Telegraph

Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph

Evening Standard


Thu 11 October






£11.50 Adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 Door