Rating: NR
Length: 230 mins
Cast: Ian McKellen

Please note this production contains some strobe lighting.

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 ‘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 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.


“Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal”
“Intensely moving” ***** THE STAGE.
“Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production” ***** Daily Telegraph
“Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.” ***** Evening Standard.
“Nuanced and powerful” The Times.
“Smart, lucid, superbly detailed” THE GUARDIAN.

Official Trailer