Shakespeare’s King Lear arrives at the National Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes and with acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale playing the title role.
Sam Mendes (director of the last Bond film Skyfall) helms the story of an elderly king who decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, with their share dependent on how much they praise him. The king’s plans are complicated when his favourite daughter, Cordelia, decides to say nothing in the way of praise.
One of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, the bleak yet brilliant tone makes this one of the most memorable of his plays. Boasting a top line up of acting talent, including the likes of Stephen Boxer (as Gloucester), Sam Troughton, Olivia Vinall and Ross Waiton, this sure footed production brings out the best in one of the bard's great, timeless works.