Aug 28, 2024
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365





Students, Members, Seniors

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King Lear

Wednesday, August 28 – 7pm
Alice Silverman Theatre

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, Ian McKellen is King Lear in Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier –reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Johnathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling.

A production from Chichester Festival Theatre.

‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’
Daily Telegraph

‘Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King

‘Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.’
Evening Standard

‘This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.’
The Stage

‘Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.’

‘Nuanced and powerful.’
The Times

Please note: King Lear contains special effects, including, without limitations, strobe lights, flashing images, and other lighting effects that may cause disorientation.

Presented by National Theatre Live.
Live-filmed recording shown in HD in the Alice Silverman Theatre, Newport Performing Arts Center.

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