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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.

‘Riveting. Simon Russell Beale is extraordinary’
Daily Express

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

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

‘Genuinely gripping.’
Daily Telegraph

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

‘Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale deliver a brutal, unforgettable collaboration.’

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