King Lear

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Acting legend Ian McKellen takes to the West End stage in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest roles as he stars in King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre.

McKellen starred in Jonathan Munby’s production at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2017, and tickets to see the production at the Duke of York's Theatre in London are selling fast.

One of the country’s greatest acting talents, Ian McKellen started his career in repertory theatres across the country before making a name for himself with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company in leading roles alongside the likes of Judi Dench. On screen, he is known for his roles such as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and Magneto in the X-Men film series.

He plays the title character in King Lear, which has previously said is likely to be his ‘last big Shakespeare part’. McKellen’s performance, which sees Lear descend into madness as he divides his kingdom amongst his children, was hailed by critics and audiences alike during its original run in Chichester.

The cast for King Lear also includes Sinéad Cusack, Danny Webb, Kirsty BushellJames Corrigan, Lloyd Hutchinson and Claire Price.

Ian McKellen opened in King Lear in July of this year to a five-star review from LondonTheatre.co.uk. We said McKellen's performance was 'tormenting and triumphant' that 'sets the bar' for performances to come. Click here to read the review. 

King Lear tickets are available now. 

King Lear running time: 
3 hours 20 minutes (One interval)
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The King of England is nearing the end of his reign. He hobbles to his desk where he announces he is to devolve the power of his kingdom, dividing the land and dishing it out to his three daughters, once they proclaim their love for him. But when King Lear’s plans are impeded by the greed of others, he slowly descends into a deep, all-encompassing madness as his country teeters on the edge.

Ian McKellen
as Lear

until 3 Nov 2018

By:
William Shakespeare
Director:
Jonathan Munby
Lighting:
Oliver Fenwick
Sound:
Ben and Max Ringham
Design:
Paul Wills
Choreography:
Lucy Cullingford
Cast list:
Ian McKellen (Lear), Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), James Corrigan (Edmund), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Goneril), Luke Thompson (Edgar), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia), Anthony Howell (Albany), James Millard, Johanne Murdock, Jessica Murrain, Daniel Rabin (Cornwall), Scott Sparrow (Albany’s Man), John Vernon, Richard Clews, John Hastings, Michael Matus and Caleb Roberts
Other info:
Musical director: Candida Caldicot

Duke of York's Theatre

Address:
104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square
Seating Plan:

King Lear Customer reviews

Our King Lear Review

From a grand oak table, an aging, power-hungry dictator brandishes a pair of golden scissors and divides his kingdom up for his beloved daughters to preside over. As his grip on sanity dwindles, a series of secret correspondences are uncovered, ultimately securing the authoritarian’s fate. No, we’re not inside Trump’s Oval Office. But as this unrelenting production from Jonathan Munby proves,... Read more

Latest King Lear News & Features

Ian McKellen in King Lear
Production images released for King Lear in the West End
Monday, July 23, 2018

Production images have been released for King Lear in the West End, starring Ian McKellen.  Jonathan Munby’s production has transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre this summer following a critically-acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2017. In The Guardian, Michael Billington described McKellen’s performance as “superbly detailed… a permanent close-up of a soul in torment”. Ahead of the Chichester run, McKellen spoke about how King Lear could be his last major Shakespearean role.

Ian McKellen in King Lear
Full cast joining Ian McKellen in King Lear in the West End announced
Thursday, April 19, 2018

The full cast joining Ian McKellen in King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre later this year has been announced. Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard Clews, John Hastings, Michael Matus and Caleb Roberts will reprise their roles from Jonathan Munby’s original Chichester Festival Theatre production. They will be joined in the West End by James Corrigan (Edmund), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Goneril), Luke Thompson (Edgar), and Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia).

Tickets for King Lear starring Ian McKellen in the West End now on sale
Monday, February 12, 2018

Tickets to see Ian McKellen play King Lear in the West End are now on sale ahead of the show opening later this summer. McKellen will reprise the title role in Jonathan Munby’s production which first opened at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2017. The production transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre from 11th July. Click here to buy tickets.

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Ian McKellen: A history of his Shakespeare roles on stage
Thursday, February 8, 2018

We’re chuffed by the exciting news that Ian McKellen will be playing King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre later this year. One of Britain’s (and the world’s) finest actors, he’s had an illustrious career both on stage and on screen. He’s had a particular love for Shakespeare roles over the years, and he’s said Lear may be his ‘last big Shakespeare part’, so we’ve tracked back through the archives to bring you a short history of McKellen’s Shakespearean roles. Tickets to see Ian McKellen in King Lear in the West End are on sale now.  Much Ado About Nothing (1965)The Old Vic

Ian McKellen as King Lear
Ian McKellen to play King Lear in London's West End this summer
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Acting legend Ian McKellen will play King Lear in a West End transfer of Jonathan Munby’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the Duke of York's Theatre this summer. McKellen played the role last October when the production ran at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and received a number of four and five star reviews in the national press. In the Guardian, Michael Billington described McKellen’s performance as “superbly detailed… a permanent close-up of a soul in torment”. King Lear will run at the Duke of York's Theatre from 11th July to 3rd November.

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