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Exit the King Tickets

Olivier Theatre, National, London
Exit the King
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 4 / 5

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.

Previews from |
17th July 2018
Opening date |
25th July 2018
Booking from |
2nd October 2018
Available until |
6th October 2018
Closes |
6th October 2018
Categories |
Eugène Ionesco, adapted by Patrick Marber
Patrick Marber
Hugh Vanstone
Adam Cork
Anthony Ward
Cast list:
Sarah Campbell, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths, Rhys Ifans, Amy Morgan, Adrian Scarborough, Indira Varma

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Exit the King


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

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