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Player Kings Tickets

About Player Kings

See the legendary Sir Ian McKellen as Sir John Falstaff in Player Kings, a new version of Shakespeare’s mighty history plays Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2, adapted and directed by award-winning writer and director Robert Icke. Book Player Kings tickets on London Theatre now.

Based on the turbulent reign of Henry IV and set in a divided England in 1403, the Player Kings play builds toward the climactic Battle of Shrewsbury. Henry IV struggles to maintain his shaky claim to the throne as a group of rebel noblemen plot to overthrow him.

But the best part of Shakespeare’s play is Prince Hal’s misadventures in the pubs of London with drunken knight John Falstaff — and with McKellen in the role, we can expect this strand of the play to be front and centre. Can their friendship survive the pressures of kingship?

Before Player Kings in the West End, the renowned McKellen last appeared in the charming Frank & Percy at The Other Palace opposite Roger Allam. At Christmas 2022 and early 2023, he toured in the title role in the pantomime Mother Goose. His most recent Shakespeare appearance was as Hamlet at Theatre Royal, Windsor. He has been nominated for countless acting awards and is a six-time Olivier Award recipient.

Audiences and critics celebrate Icke’s productions of the classics for their fresh and gripping storytelling. He became the youngest Olivier Award winner for Best Director for Oresteia in 2016. In 2023, his acclaimed play The Doctor played at the Almeida Theatre, in the West End, and in New York. Noted for his inventive use of technology, Icke has put on Shakespeare stagings include Hamlet (starring Andrew Scott), which was acclaimed for its high-tech CCTV concept. Audiences can surely expect similar innovation from this medieval-set but thematically contemporary Shakespeare revisal.

Tickets to Player Kings in London are available now. Book your Player Kings tickets on London Theatre today.

Run time

3hr 40min. Incl. 1 Interval.

Start date

1st April, 2024

End date

22nd June, 2024

Age

Ages 14+. Please note: Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old.

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317 Reviews

Linda 321043

Linda 321043

24 Reviews | 1 Followers
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Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love Shakespeare and Ian McKellen. An absolutely thrilling performance throughout.

Don’t see it if You don't like Shakespeare

Catherine 352

Catherine 352

100 Reviews | 10 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you are craving for good old theatres. If anything, it’s a bit short (for 2 plays in one) but everything else is good.

Don’t see it if you prefer today’s comedy or musicals. 3.5 hours Shakespeare would be just a sleeping pill for you. Also avoid if cutting script annoys you.

Notafanofmusicals

Notafanofmusicals

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
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Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare, brilliant acting, a complex set of themes and food for thought

Don’t see it if you want to miss out on something special

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Our Review

'Player Kings' review — Ian McKellen is a revelatory Falstaff in this epic historical drama

4 of 5
12 Apr 2024, 08:57
Read our review of Player Kings, adapted by Robert Icke from Shakespeare's Henry IV, now in performances at the Noel Coward Theatre to 22 June.
Production note
This production contains adult themes, gunshots, strobe, haze and smoking of real cigarettes.

Stars on stage

Player Kings cast and creative team

By: Robert Icke, adapted from Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2 by William Shakespeare
Director: Robert Icke
Cast list: Ian McKellen (as Falstaff)
Design: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting: Lee Curran
Sound: Gareth Fry
Other info: Fight direction by Kev McCurdy

Venue

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4AU

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551 Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
Directions from tube: (2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

More information about Player Kings

Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday-6:30 PM
Tuesday-6:30 PM
Wednesday2:30 PM-
Thursday-6:30 PM
Friday-6:30 PM
Saturday2:30 PM-
Sunday--

Frequently asked questions

What is Player Kings about?

Ian McKellen - 'one of the world's greatest actors' (Times) - plays Falstaff in a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by the award-winning writer and director Robert Icke.

Where is Player Kings playing?

Player Kings is playing at Noël Coward Theatre. The theatre is located in 85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU.

How long is Player Kings?

The running time of Player Kings is 3hr 40min. Incl. 1 Interval.

How do you book tickets for Player Kings?

Book tickets for Player Kings on London Theatre.

What's the age requirement for Player Kings?

The recommended age for Player Kings is Ages 14+. Please note: Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. .

How much do tickets cost for Player Kings?

Tickets for Player Kings start at £22.

Who wrote Player Kings?

Player Kings is by Robert Icke, who adapted the play from Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2 by William Shakespeare.

Who directed Player Kings?

Player Kings is directed by Robert Icke, who also adapted the script.

Is Player Kings appropriate for kids?

Player Kings is aimed at an older audience and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Is Player Kings good?

Player Kings unites a legendary actor with an award-winning writer and director in one of the buzziest events of the spring 2024 theatre season.

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