Rhys Ifans rages against the dying of the light as the 400-year-old King in Eugène Ionesco’s famed tragi-comedy. This is the first time that the absurdist playwright’s work has been produced at the National Theatre and, with Anthony Ward’s ingenious, deeply symbolic set design as a backdrop, it feels at home. Read more
Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life
This great tragi-comedy is brought to life on the Olivier stage this summer, the first time Eugène Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre.
Patrick Marber (Three Days in the Country, Hedda Gabler) directs his new version of Exit the King with . Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, A Christmas Carol) in the title role and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Man and Superman) as his first Queen.