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A performance to benefit the Woods Hole Public Library of Shakespeare’s King Lear will be shown on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Falmouth Academy, Highfield Drive, in Falmouth.  The show begins at 7 p.m. and runs three hours.  As usual with these live broadcasts, the performance will include interviews and backstage information during the intermissions.

Tickets cost $15 and are available online at Falmouth Academy’s website http://www.falmouthacademy.org/National-Theatre or at the door starting at 6:30 p.m.

This is a replay of the live broadcast from London’s West End; it features Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transferred to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, 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.