National Theatre Live: King Lear

King Lear National Theatre Live poster

United Kingdom | 2018 | 220 min. | Jonathan Munby

Opens February 13, 2022

Stage to Screen

Captured live from London’s West End in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s “extraordinarily moving portrayal” (Independent) of “King Lear” in cinemas.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.


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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Monday, February 14, 2022

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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.

Jonathan Munby directs this “nuanced and powerful” (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

  • Director: Jonathan Munby
  • Principal Cast: Ian McKellen
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 220 min.
  • Screenplay: William Shakespeare