**UPDATE: due to phenomenal demand we have now added an Encore screening of King Lear at 14:00 on Monday 15 October 2018**
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Broadcast live on Thursday 27 September, 19:00
Encore screening on Monday 15 October, 14:00
★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear 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.
Please note that King Lear will contain strobe lighting.
Show image photograph (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts
Running Time: 220 minutes (TBC)
BBFC Advice: 12A
Director(s): Jonathan Munby
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Year of release: 2017
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