Opens June 11
Runtime: Approx 210 mins
Season: Wednesday 11th June - Wednesday 2nd July
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.
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro
‘Never ceases to astonish. Simon Russell Beale is at his best.’ - Evening Standard
‘Riveting, Simon Russell Beale is extraordinary.’ - Daily Express
‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale deliver an unforgettable collaboration; prepare to have your heart broken.’ - Metro
Time Out, The Times, Guardian, Independent,
‘The cast is beyond superlative. A literally awe-inspiring production.’ - Time Out
‘Simon Russell Beale proves once again why he is one of our great actors.’ - The Times
‘Simon Russell Beale is magnetic. An exceptional production.’ - Guardian
‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale's production is worth the wait.’ - Independent
‘Genuinely gripping. Simon Russell Beale movingly captures Lear's terrified intimations of madness.’ - Daily Telegraph