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NT Live Encore: King Lear - Sir Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen delivers an iconic performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy...
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  • Director: Jonathan Munby
    Starring: Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack, Kirsty Bushell
    Running time: 3h 45 mins (the full running time, inclusive of trailers)

    As filmed live from London’s West End in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear exclusively in cinemas.

    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.

    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.