Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (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.

“Russell Beale is a magnetic and unorthodox Lear. But his is only one of many fine performances that overturn expectation.” ★★★★ The Guardian

There is an encore screening on Thu 2 Jun 6.45pm.