Production images released for King Lear in the West End

Ian McKellen in King Lear

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.

Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard ClewsJohn HastingsMichael Matus and Caleb Roberts have also reprised their roles in Munby’s production.

The production has designs by Paul Wills, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, movement direction by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Kate Waters.

It has also been announced that the production will be broadcast to cinemas across the world via NT Live on 27 September. 

King Lear (Ian McKellen) and Gloucester (Danny Webb)
King Lear (Ian McKellen) and Gloucester (Danny Webb)

Gloucester (Danny Webb) and Regan (Kirsty Bushell)
Gloucester (Danny Webb) and Regan (Kirsty Bushell)

​​​Claire Price (Goneril)
 Goneril (Claire Price)

Gloucester (Danny Webb)
Gloucester (Danny Webb)

King Lear (Ian McKellen)
King Lear (Ian McKellen)

King Lear at Duke of York's Theatre
King Lear at Duke of York's Theatre

King Lear (Ian McKellen) and Cordelia (Anita Joy Uwajeh)
King Lear (Ian McKellen) and Cordelia (Anita Joy Uwajeh)

Edmund (James Corrigan)
Edmund (James Corrigan)

Gloucester (Danny Webb)
Gloucester (Danny Webb)

Fool (Lloyd Hutchinson) and King Lear (Ian McKellen)
Fool (Lloyd Hutchinson) and King Lear (Ian McKellen)

Edgar (Luke Thompson)
Edgar (Luke Thompson)

Kent (Sinead Cusack) and Fool (Lloyd Hutchinson)
Kent (Sinead Cusack) and Fool (Lloyd Hutchinson)


King Lear runs at the Duke of York's Theatre until 3 November.

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