Theatre Review: King Lear

Simon Russel Beale puts on a virtuoso performance of an audio-only Hamlet published by the Arkangel Shakespeare . This guy is the real deal. This article elucidates the mastery Mr. Beale possesses, and also puts him in the ranks of the greatest actors of the 21st century.

Pop Arts

Where: National Theatre / When: 28th April

Wow. Just, wow. I had been eagerly anticipating this production of King Lear, ever since it was announced. Like the play, as it’s one I studied at A-Level, the last time I saw it performed was 10 years ago and one of my all-time, super favourite actors, Simon Russell Beale as Lear. I am delighted to be able to say that the performance far exceeded even my high expectations.

For those that are unfamiliar with the play, a quick synopsis (a more detailed one can be found here): King Lear is getting older and decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, leaving them to take care of the country and him. He asks each daughter to describe how much they love him, in order to win their portion of the kingdom. His older daughters Goneril and Regan flatter him…

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