King Lear

A legend’s crowning role

Sir Ian McKellen brings one of the most emotionally challenging leading roles in Shakespeare vividly to life in this acclaimed production by Jonathan Munby.

Following its sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, the production heads to the West End for a 100-show season at The Duke of York Theatre. McKellen made his West End debut here in 1964 and it looks set to be the stage for what he has said will be his last big Shakespeare part.

This bold staging of King Lear offers some surprising twists on Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedy. Award-winning actress Sinéad Cusack is cast in the traditionally male role of Kent and the contemporary, dystopian setting invites theatregoers to view the performance in the context of today’s world.

Some audience members will also literally be able to see the play from a fresh perspective. With half of the stall seats removed to allow standing next to the stage, the tale of the King’s descent into madness takes on a close-up intensity.

Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.

The Telegraph


11 July – 3 November 2018


Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane