King Lear, presented by National Theatre Live

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, James Bond: Skyfall) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s epic 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 favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos. (Running time: 3 hrs., 40 mins., which includes one intermission) Digital