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On Stage: King Lear

  • Starring: Ian McKellen, Kirsty Bushell, Tamara Lawrance
  • Director: Jonathan Munby
  • Writer: William Shakespeare
  • Genre: Drama
  • Filmed at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, UK on Sept. 27th 2018
  • Running Time: 3hours and 47min.

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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 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.

"Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production. "
- Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
"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."
- Mark Shenton, The Stage
"At the age of 78, Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear. McKellen is able to heighten the intensity of what Lear says through colloquial understatement and a playing-around with the beat and tempo of the verse that gives an almost jazz-like freedom and unpredictability to the king’s utterances."
- Paul Taylor, Independent