National Theatre Live: King Lear
Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear's world descends into chaos.
Cast: Gina McKee, Derek Jacobi, Michael Hadley, Tom Brooke, Stephen Boxer, Paul Jesson, Ron Cook, Simon Russell Beale, Richard Clothier, Cassie Bradley
Directed by: Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage
Written by: William Shakespeare
Running time: 3hr 30min
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