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National Theatre Live Screening: King Lear
Broadcast in HD from London’s West End
By William Shakespeare
"Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production." (Daily Telegraph)
Ian McKellen leads Chichester Festival Theatre’s powerful production of King Lear. Receiving five-star reviews for its sell-out run, the play 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 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.
"Extraordinarily moving portrayal." (The Independent)
Next up on the NTL Series: The Madness of George III
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA