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Arthurs Cinema - National Theatre Live: King Lear.

Location: Arthurs Cinema
Region: Cromwell
Dates: Tue, 5 February 2019 @ 6pm

  • Arthurs Cinema - National Theatre Live: King Lear.

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.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transferred to the West End (where this was filmed) for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. In the acconpanying interview at the beginning, McKellan talks about infusing this final Lear of his with a sense of intimacy, about wanting the audience feeling like they’re being spoken to directly by the king. Director Jonathan Danby has emphasised the personalities and individual struggles of the characters without losing any of the dramatic scope of one of Shakespeare’s hugest plays. King Lear is ever relevant to politics of the present day and contemporary power shifts, chillingly so right now, but Danby’s production gives weight to the human stories.

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Arthurs Cinema

52 Erris St., Cromwell, Otago 9310