National Theatre Live: King Lear

Rated NR 210 min. 2014

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.

Film Credits

Director: Sam Mendes

Writer: William Shakespeare

Cast: Simon Russell Beale, Stephen Boxer, Cassie Bradley, Tom Brooke, Richard Clothier, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Fleetwood, Colin Haigh and Simon Manyonda

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