Why See King Lear?
Arise, King Ian
Prepare yourself for a very special production of Shakespeare's King Lear, starring the one and only Sir Ian McKellen, reprising his role from the show's 2017 Chichester Festival run. Scheduled for 16 weeks only, it's fair to say this one is going to have the West End in a tizz.
The six time Olivier and one time Tony winner will be directed by Jonathan Munby and joined by Sinead Cusack as advisor Kent, with further cast to be announced in due course.
Recognisable from the world of film and television in addition to his extensive stage career, McKellen is one of Britain's most beloved and respected actors. A chance to see him do what he does best is one you won't forget in a hurry!
Shakespeare's Mad King - the story of King Lear
Hubris, politics and madness take a heavy toll on the once-loved king of Britain, when he decides to play off his daughters against each other for his favor, and furthermore, the crown. In no other play is Shakespeare's tragic vision more terrifyingly clear; and nowhere in his canon does he dramatise more powerfully or humanely that only kindness and love are potent enough to counter man's darkest impulses.
A frightening look at the corrupting influence of power, King Lear is the Bard's gripping exploration of fathers and daughters, with perhaps more than a few parallels to the real-life troubles that befell King Henry VIII after his bloody quest for a male heir ended in failure.
Opening night: 11 July 2018
And before you stop reading
Images taken from the Chichester production
Cast and Creative
Ian McKellen as King Lear
Sinéad Cusak as Kent
Danny Webb as Gloucester
Kirsty Bushell as Regan
Richard Clews as Gentleman Informer/ Old Man
John Hastings as Curan/Doctor
Jake Mann as Burgundy/Lear's Knight
Michael Matus as Oswald
Caleb Roberts as the King of France
James Corrigan as Edmund
Anthony Howell as Albany
Lloyd Hutchinson as the Fool
Claire Price as Goneril
Daniel Rabin as Cornwall
Scott Sparrow as Albany's Man
Luke Thompson as Edgar
Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Cordelia.
James Millard, Johanne Murdock, Jessica Murrain and John Vernon
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