For Immediate Release
October 18, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute broadcasts King Lear, starring Ian McKellen, from London’s West End on Saturday, November 3 at 1 pm. Tickets are $18 ($16 members) and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 413 458 0524.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear tells the story of two aging fathers—one a king, one his courtier—who 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. “This production still dazzles, McKellen shimmering brightest at its dark, tormented heart” (The Guardian).

Run time is 3 hours, 40 minutes. Please note that this performance contains strobe lighting. This is an encore presentation. All ticket sales are non-refundable.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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