King Lear
1 May 2014

King Lear

WIlliam Shakespeare

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale as King Lear in this highly anticipated production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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‘Never ceases to astonish. Simon Russell Beale is at his best.’

Evening Standard

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‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale deliver an unforgettable collaboration; prepare to have your heart broken.’


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2 years ago

'Riveting. Simon Russell Beale is extraordinary.'

Daily Express

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'I get upset when I don't hear people gasping during the killings': King Lear's stellar cast gets ready to face the biggest audience of their careers

Event Magazine, Mail on Sunday

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Simon Russell Beale interview: Why I shaved my head for Lear

Daily Telegraph

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‘The cast is beyond superlative. A literally awe-inspiring production.’

Time Out

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‘Genuinely gripping. Simon Russell Beale movingly captures Lear’s terrified intimations of madness.’

Daily Telegraph

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‘Simon Russell Beale is magnetic. An exceptional production.’


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‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale’s production is worth the wait.’


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‘Simon Russell Beale proves once again why he is one of our great actors.’

The Times

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.
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.
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