Before the wonders of “The Nutcracker” hit Camana Bay Cinema in December, it is visiting one last dark recess of Shakespeare’s mind. “King Lear” is showing on Nov. 17, starring Sir Ian McKellen in the title role. The performance that has critics heaping praise upon McKellen can be seen as part of the Culture at the Cinema program, where live performances are recorded and subsequently shown on the big screen.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and it transferred to the West End for a limited season, ending on Nov. 3.

Tickets are $40 each and include a glass of bubbly. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show is at 8 p.m. Only 18 and older will be admitted. See the full schedule of shows at www.bigscreen.ky.Jonathan Munby directed 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.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has also received two Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations.

Reviews

“Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear.” – Independent
“Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.” – Guardian
“Nuanced and powerful.” – The Times
“Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.” – Evening Standard
“Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.” – Daily Telegraph
“Intensely moving.” – The Stage