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Kevin McNally plays King Lear in live cinema broadcast from Shakespeare’s Globe

CinemaLive and Shakespeare’s Globe are pleased to announce the first live cinema broadcast.

King Lear

King Lear will be broadcast live in over 300 cinemas across the UK & Ireland for one night only on 21st September at 7.30pm.

Actor Kevin McNally, known to audiences worldwide for countless roles in iconic television and film series such as I, Claudius and Pirates of the Caribbean, takes on the role of King Lear in this live cinema broadcast from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe. Kevin’s other screen credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity, Downton Abbey and the BBC’s Fleabag. Nancy Meckler, founder and former Artistic Director of renowned theatre company Shared Experience, will direct the production. On stage, Kevin McNally’s credits include playing Claudius in Michael Grandage’s Hamlet in the West End and on Broadway, David Bliss in Howard Davies’ Hay Fever in the West End, and Alan Bennett in Nick Hytner’s original production of The Lady in the Van.

This is the first performance to be broadcast live to cinemas across the country from Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Bankside, as well as the first production which the theatre and CinemaLive are to partner on.

Since its opening in 1997, the Globe has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world. Now in its 20th anniversary year, Shakespeare’s Globe, in partnership with CinemaLive, will provide a unique opportunity for a whole new audience to experience one of the Bard’s greatest plays, being performed live in this incredible setting.

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