King Lear

by William Shakespeare

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Third Rail's Hi-Definition Screenings feature amazing productions from London's National Theatre, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video. NT Live Punch Card holders may use their cards for any Third Rail Hi-Definition Screening.

October 28, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Sun 10/28 at 4pm, Sat 1/26 at 4pm
- World Trade Center Theater -
25 SW Salmon St (2WTC), Portland, OR 97205

Runtime: 3 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission.

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

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.