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, with a superlative performance from Ian McKellen at its centre, Shakespeare’s... Read more
Due to phenomenal demand, King Lear tickets have sold out.
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 sold extremely 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 Bushell, James 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.
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.