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King Lear

July 11 - November 3, 2018

Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production


Why See King Lear?

Arise, King Ian - Tickets on sale soon!

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.

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Opening night: 11 July 2018

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Images taken from the Chichester production

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