King Lear

Year: 2018
Country: Great Britain
Director: Jonathan Munby
Set designer: Paul Wills
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer: Ben Ringham, Max Ringham
Cast: Ian McKellen, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Kirsty Bushell, Claire Price, Sinéad Cusack, James Corrigan, Luke Thompson, Lloyd Hutchinson, Daniel Webb
Genre: theatre production
Runtime: 211 min.
Age: 16+
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.