Ian McKellen in King Lear in London

King Lear 2007

Ian McKellen starred in London's West End as one of Shakespeare's best roles, King Lear

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.

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Lear, King of Britain, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When Cordelia refuses to make a public declaration of love for her father she is disinherited and married to the King of France without a dowry. The Earl of Kent is banished by Lear for daring to defend her. The two elder daughters, Goneril and Regan, and their husbands inherit the kingdom.

William Shakespeare
Trevor Nunn
Neil Austin
Christopher Oram
Cast list:
Ian McKellen, Ben Addis (King Of France), Frances Barber (Goneril), Adam Booth (1st Knight), Zoe Boyle (Goneril's Lady In Waiting), Russell Byrne (Doctor), Naomi Capron (Servant ), Monica Dolan (Regan), Romola Garai (Cordelia), William Gaunt (Gloucester), Richard Goulding (2nd Knight), Julian Harries (Albany), John Heffernan (Oswald), Peter Hinton (Duke Of Burgundy), Jonathan Hyde (Kent), Melanie Jessop (3rd Servant), Gerald Kyd (Servant), Seymour Matthews (Curan), Sylvester Mccoy (Fool), Ben Meyjes (Edgar), David Weston (Gentleman), Guy Williams (Cornwall), Philip Winchester (Edmund)

Gillian Lynne Theatre

166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

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