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2 hrs, 54 mins
Ian McKellen, Romola Garai, Jonathan Hyde, William Gaunt, Frances Barber, Monica Dolan, Sylvester McCoy
Trevor Nunn, Chris Hunt

TICKETS / Washington D.C. / West End Cinema

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This film version of the multi-award-winning production of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company was itself nominated for an Emmy. The play is among Shakespeare’s greatest, a tragedy about an old king who thinks he can buy the affection of his daughters, only to find that this is far from the case, with terrible consequences. Goneril and Regan conspire against him, Cordelia goes to France, and Lear is eventually driven mad by a combination of his own folly and the “monster ingratitude” of his daughters. Filmed over several weeks at Pinewood Studios, and directed by Chris Hunt and the play’s stage director Trevor Nunn, it captures a tour de force performance by Ian McKellen in the title role. Lear’s daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia are played by Frances Barber, Monica Dolan and Romola Garai, with Sylvester McCoy (“Doctor Who”) as the Fool, and great RSC regulars William Gaunt and Jonathan Hyde as Gloucester and Kent. This production has been reviewed as the greatest version of the play for a generation, and has yet to be equaled in its powerful acting, masterful stage directing, and sympathetic capture on film.

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