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| May 2014 | Fairfield University News Channel

Quick Presents HD Broadcast of National Theatre's "King Lear"

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts presents National Theatre Live’sencore presentations in High Definition of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Simon Russell Beale and directed by Sam Mendes. Broadcasts take place on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. (encore), and 7 p.m. (encore), at the Quick Center. Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, $15 students/children.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: SkyfallAmerican Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear's world descends into chaos.

This critically acclaimed production is called “riveting,” by the Daily Express. “Simon Russell Beale is extraordinary.” Time Out calls the cast “beyond superlative. A literally awe-inspiring production.” The Daily Telegraph describes the show as “genuinely gripping.” And The Times adds: “Simon Russell Beale proves once again why he is one of our great actors.”

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage in High Definition to cinemas across the globe. Launched in June 2009, the project currently reaches an audience of over 1.5 million people in 500 venues around the world. Each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium, giving cinema audiences the 'best seat in the house' view of each production.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or online at www.quickcenter.com.

Last modified:  Wed, 07 May 2014 11:08:00 EDT

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