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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 11:16

National Theatre Live's KING LEAR to be Broadcast Live Throughout US Feb 3

On February 3rd, National Theatre Live will broadcast a live performance of the Donmar Warehouse’s sell-out production of


Starring Derek Jacobi

Directed by Michael Grandage

The broadcasts will be shown on screens throughout the U.S. with encore showings in most markets.

“The finest King Lear I have ever seen.” – Daily Telegraph


National Theatre Live continues its season with the Derek Jacobi’s hugely acclaimed performance as Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, directed by Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse.National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.KING LEAR marks National Theatre Live’s second collaboration with another British theatre company, following the highly successful broadcast of Complicite’s A Disappearing Number last year.


In the New York City area, screenings continue at NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (CT), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) and more. 

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM, Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, MA, Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport, MA, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth University and many more.


KING LEAR will be filmed live from London’s Covent Garden. An ageing monarch. A kingdom divided. A child’s love rejected. As Lear’s world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in western literature, KING LEAR explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil.



For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check: 

Example broadcasts in major markets are as follows.

● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (NY, NY) – Special encore broadcast added on February 17th at 7pm!

● Cinema 123 (NY, NY) – February 3rd at 7:00pm & February 6th at 2:00pm

Mann Chinese (Hollywood, CA) – February 3rd at 7:00pm

● Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) – February 3rd at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

● Lensic Performing Arts Center (Santa Fe, NM) – February 3rd at 7:00pm

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) – February 3rd at 2:00pm & February 11th at 7:00pm 

Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL) – February 5th at 2:00pm

Mary Riempa Ross Arts Centre (Lincoln, NE) – February 3rd at 7:00pm & February 6th at 3:00pm

Coolidge Corner (Brookline, MA) – February 3rd at 7:00pm & February 7 at 7:00pm

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) – February 12th at 2:00pm & 8:00pm

● Angelika Film Centre (Dallas, TX) – February 8th at 7:00pm

Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) – February 21st at 7:30pm 

Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor, MI) – February 20th at 7:00pm

● Sundance Kabuki (San Francisco, CA) – February 26th at 12:30pm & February 28th at 7:00pm

Tivoli Theatre (St. Louis, MO) – February 5th

Theatre Works (Colorado Springs, CO) – February 16, 17 & 18th at 7:00pm 

● SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) – February 18th at 7:30pm


Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.


Following KING LEAR season two will continue on March 17, 2011 with Danny Boyle’s new production of FRANKENSTEIN, a play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.


The Donmar’s production of King Lear will transfer to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York from April 28 to June 5, 2011.

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (

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