National Theatre Live: King Lear

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  220 min.
Release Date:
September 27, 2018 (limited)
October 21, 2018 (limited)
October 25, 2018 (limited)
November 24, 2018 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.50
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Cast: Ian McKellen


Ian McKellen stars in King Lear, which debuted at the Chichester Festival Theatre before moving to London's West End. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of William Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear finds two aging 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.

Broadcast live from London’s West End on September 27, 2018. Repeat performances on October 21, October 25, and November 24, 2018.

Director: Jonathan Munby
Studio: National Theatre Live
Screenplay: William Shakespeare
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  • 2 stars "Ian McKellen’s performance was outstanding... 5 Star in every respect. Unfortunately I struggled with the rest of this more modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s magnificent play. I’ve seen King Lear a couple of times and loved those performances. But taken out its normal medieval time frame, I had a hard time following some of the characters and the modern day scenarios that surrounded their actions and maybe more importantly, their dialogue. Went to this performance hoping to love it, but came away disappointed. 2 1/2 Stars."