“King Lear” will be presented as a National Theatre Live broadcast production Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Ian McKellen’s Critically acclaimed portrayal of the tragic title tragic character will be screened as a captured-live broadcast from London’s West End. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this 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.

“King Lear” runs three hours and 40 minutes, including a 20-min intermission. Tickets are $12, general admission. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.