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NT Live: King Lear


NT Live: King Lear
NT Live: King Lear
Thu, 27. September 2018, 7:00pm - 10:40pm
Stage on Screen


A live broadcast from the National Theatre on to our cinema screen.


By William Shakespeare

★★★★★  ‘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.

★★★★★ ‘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.’ I Newspaper

★★★★ ‘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.’ Metro

★★★★★ ‘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.’ Evening Standard

Tickets £10

CADOS or Cinema Loyalty Card Holders £8

Book online via TicketSource and pick your seats!

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Doors open 6.30pm

Introduction & Pre-Show: 7pm
Act One: 7.10pm
Interval: 9.09pm
Act Two: 9.29pm
End: 10.40pm


Chorley Little Theatre
Dole Lane, Chorley
United Kingdom