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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR (2014)

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR <span>(2014)</span> artwork

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR (2014)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 224

Release dates 08/05/2014

BBFCInsight moderate violence

Genre(s) Performance

Director(s) Sam Mendes

Cast includes Simon Russell Beale, Stephen Boxer, Cassie Bradley, Tom Brooke, Richard Clothier, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Fleetwood, Colin Haigh, Simon Manyonda, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Miller, Michael Nardone, Gary Powell, Adrian Scarborough, Hannah Stokely, Stanley Townsend, Sam Troughton, Olivia Vinall, Ross Waiton

Summary 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.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/04/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR is a recording of a stage performance of the Shakespeare tragedy.

Violence

In one scene, a man is 'waterboarded' before having his eyes gouged out. Elsewhere, injuries are inflicted with bladed weapons, including sight of a throat being slit. There is some sight of stage blood.

There is use of the word 'bastard' in its literal sense, as well as a use of 'bitch'.

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Details

Also known as
KING LEAR
Formats
Cinema
Distributor(s)
National Theatre
Classified date(s)
07/05/2014
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF307627

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