Thursday 1 May 2014, 6.45pm
From the IFI website:
William Shakespeare’s King Lear is this month’s presentation in National Theatre Live, a series of enthralling live performances from London’s most prestigious theatres, broadcast onto cinema screens globally.
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy. At the play’s outset, an aged and vainglorious king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. When his favourite, Cordelia refuses to participate and says nothing, Lear’s precarious world quickly descends into chaos.