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NT Live: King Lear (12A)

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Release date

1st May 2014

Running Time

210 minutes


Sam Mendes


Event Cinema


Simon Russell Beale, Kate Fleetwood, Anna Maxwell Martin, Adrian Scarborough, Stanley Townsend, Olivia Vinall, Stephen Boxer

'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes's highly-anticipated return to the NT, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy. Aging, weary King Lear (Simon Russell Beale) plans to divide his realm between his three daughters. He tells them that the one who declares the greatest love for him will win the lion's share. Goneril (Kate Fleetwood) and Regan (Anna Maxwell Martin) attempt to outdo one another with extravagant praise. Disgusted by their behaviour, the youngest daughter, Cordelia (Olivia Vinall), refuses to say anything. Enraged, Lear banishes her forever, even though she is his favourite. So begins a series of events that lead to tragedy. Oscar-winning 'American Beauty' and 'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre for this new production of Shakespeare's masterpiece. It reunites him with frequent collaborator and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale, who's been described as the greatest stage actor of his generation. If you are unable to make the live screening make sure to catch the Encore re-broadcast on Thursday 15 and Monday 19 May.

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