National Theatre Live: King Lear

King Lear

By William Shakespeare Presented by the internationally acclaimed Donmar Warehouse Directed by Michael Grandage Featuring Derek Jacobi

FIVE STARS 'The finest King Lear I have ever seen' Daily Telegraph (UK)

STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON SAT FEBRUARY 19 and SUN FEBRUARY 20 at 1pm Additional screenings at select cinemas TICKETS ON SALE NOW

National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast live performances from Britain’s stage to cinemas worldwide. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. The highly anticipated second season from National Theatre Live opened with Complicite’s award-winning A Disappearing Number, and Rory Kinnear’s breathtaking performance in Hamlet, and continues with a new production of King Lear from the Donmar Warehouse.

“Who is it that can tell me who I am?”

Under the artistic leadership of Michael Grandage, the Donmar Warehouse has presented some of London’s most memorable award-winning theatrical experiences, as well as garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad. This production of King Lear features classical British actor Sir Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, I Claudius, Gladiator) in the title role of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

This production also stars Pippa Bennett-Warner (Cordelia) , Ron Cook (The Fool), Michael Hadley (Kent), Paul Jesson (Gloucester), Gina McKee (Goneril), Justine Mitchell (Regan), Alex Newman (Edmund) and Gwilym Lee (Edgar). Directed by Michaell Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

An ageing monarch. A kingdom divided. A child’s love rejected. As Lear’s world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in Western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil. DOWNLOAD THE CAST SHEET (3mb file)

FIVE STARS ‘Jacobi’s triumph. He made the familiar lines new and shook the heart’ The Times (UK) FIVE STARS ‘One of the most remarkable performances of the past evening of greatness’ Daily Express (UK)

FIVE STARS 'This one is simple, stark and very good' Financial Times (UK)

FIVE STARS 'Michael Grandage's fluid and riveting production is filled with inspired touches' Mail on Sunday (UK)

FOUR STARS 'Jacobi's Lear pierces all our emotional defenses' The Guardian (UK)

FOUR STARS 'Desperately moving' The Sunday Times (UK)


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