King Lear (2018)

Anthony Hopkins re-teams with his The Dresser director for his spin on William Shakespeare's classic play, here set in a fictional present day and co-starring Emma Thompson and Florence Pugh.

"The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. When his youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him, hurt and angry Lear banishes her. With that fateful decision, family and state collapse into chaos and warfare." (Official synopsis)


Directed by

  • Richard Eyre('Notes on a Scandal', 'Iris', 'The Children Act')

Written by

  • Richard Eyre
  • (based on the stage play of the same name by William Shakespeare)




The Guardian


Now 80 himself, the right age, Hopkins is at home in Lear's skin. Shouty, angry, cruel one moment; vulnerable, tender, loving the next - or at the same time. A mesmerising performance.

The Independent (UK)


What is most fresh but coherent is [director Richard] Eyre's interpretation of the three sisters as women absolutely at the end of their tether.

The Telegraph (UK)


No doubt conscious of the competition, director Richard Eyre assembled so many galacticos for his bells-and-whistles modern-day-set TV version that at first it was hard to concentrate on anything else.

The Times (UK)


Flawed parenting, ingrate children and family estrangement will never not be relevant, and the modern-day dress gave it the feel of a production at ease with itself.