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”
“Smart, lucid, superbly detailed”
“Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production”
The Daily Telegraph
“Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph ”