So apparently this is being broadcast in theatres this May
National Theatre Live: King Lear
Plot: Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American 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 favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
this is showing around where i live so some of you guys must be able to see it. i'm gonna check it out if i can. it'd be cool to see how his style translates to theatre
EDIT: Just saw an article on Mendes' advice for directors, containing this quote
“Try to learn how to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. Direct Shakespeare like it’s a new play, and treat every new play as if it’s Shakespeare.”