Opera House presents National Theatre Live’s King Lear with Ian McKellen

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a riveting new production of Shakespeare's King Lear, starring acclaimed actor Ian McKellen in the title role. Captured live via satellite from the stage of London's Chitester Festival Theatre, it will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run. The Independent called McKellen's performance an "extraordinarily moving portrayal."

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a riveting new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring acclaimed actor Ian McKellen in the title role. Captured live via satellite from the stage of London’s Chitester Festival Theatre, it will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Munby directs what The Times calls a “nuanced and powerful” 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 aging 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.

The production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transferred to the West End for a limited season. The Independent called McKellen’s performance an “extraordinarily moving portrayal.” With a rating equivalent to PG-13, the production runs approximately three hours and 40 minutes.

Tickets to King Lear are $15 ($10 students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org. In addition, Live in HD Series Flex Subscription tickets ($116 for eight tickets) can be used at any of the National Theatre Live productions.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member. Support for this production comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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