Gold On Film: King Lear (Free Screening)

Wed 19 October 2016 18:00 (150 Minutes)

King Lear starring Don Warrington, is an epic stage to screen film of the hit sell out Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and directed for the stage by Talawa’s award-winning Michael Buffong; and for the screen by Bridget Caldwell. Filmed in the round at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in front of a live theatre audience, King Lear played to sell out theatre crowds during its run, winning 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and was described by the Guardian as ‘as close to definitive as can be’. King Lear is a brutal portrait of a man unraveling; pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself. In an ancient Britain bound by loyalty to the clan and the power of the sword, King Lear decides to give up his crown. As he divides the kingdom between his daughters, family ties disintegrate, order disappears and the land slides into chaos. This raw visceral production opens up a new dimension to the play, dramatised in a world where the medieval meets Game of Thrones.