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NT Encore: King Lear (12A)

National Theatre Live: King Lear By William Shakespeare

DateThursday 25 October 2018
Time: 7.00 pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under

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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.

Evening Standard ‘With finely measured intelligence McKellen traces Lear’s inexorable movement from pomp via rage and shambolic delirium to melancholy tenderness and the agony of belated self-knowledge.’★★★★★

Metro ‘In Jonathan Munby’s thriller-paced and intimate production, McKellen meticulously explores Lear’s delusions of grandeur. The transformation from monarch to shuffling wreck is a complete portrait of decline, not just of a man, but of a nation too.’★★★★

I Newspaper ‘When a performance is as voraciously anticipated as Ian McKellen’s portrayal of King Lear there is an inevitable risk that reality must defeat expectation. But McKellen does not disappoint…. The modern setting, raw and visually potent, reinforces the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s emotional truth.’★★★★★

The Times ‘Nuanced and powerful.’★★★★

Guardian ‘Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.’ ★★★★

The Stage ‘This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.’★★★★★

Evening Standard ‘Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.’★★★★★

Independent ‘Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear.’★★★★★

Daily Telegraph ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’★★★★★

 

 

   
 
 

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