‘King Lear’ to be broadcast live at National Theatre on New Year’s Eve

'King Lear' is going to be broadcast live from London’s West End at the National Theatre on New Year’s Eve, bringing the best tragedy ever written into the cinema experience.

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Five-star production “King Lear” from the new Chichester Festival Theatre in England will be broadcast live from London’s West End on New Year’s Eve.

The event is organized by the National Theatre Live (NT Live) program in England, bringing the best tragedy ever written into the cinema experience at the National Theatre Taiwan.

The Taiwan premiere will feature Ian McKellen’s magnificent and intoxicating performance once again. The almost eighty-year-old rockstar will bid farewell to Shakespeare with “King Lear” as his last Shakespearean role on stage.

“King Lear” is one of the four great Shakespearean tragedies. It retraces the main character’s gradual descent into madness after the king decided to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, triggering the ugliest side of human nature and the consequent treachery that brings about tragic happenings and the deepest despair among the royal family.

The Chichester Festival Theatre is a landmark theatre that brings high-quality production and cooperates with local artists. Director Jonathan Munby reinterprets this epic work with a contemporary approach, though violent and savage, the end edition does not lack a sense of tenderness and sympathy, retelling a moving and empowering story.

National Theatre Live (NT Live) program is firstly initiated by the Royal National Theatre in London in 2009 which broadcasts live, performances of their productions (and from other theatres) to cinemas and arts centers across nearly 70 countries.

By Nora Chang

Performance Information

WHEN: Dec.31 (Mon.) at 1:30 pm

WHERE: National Theatre, No. 21-1, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City

FARE: NT$800, discount offered for members

DURATION: 227 minutes with a 15-minute intermission