King Lear

King Lear

4.7 (15) · Contemporary, Shakespeare

‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’

Overview

Following its sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Munby’s explosive revival of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy moves to the West End with a celebrated cast led by Ian McKellen as the embittered monarch in a fractured kingdom.

With its intimate staging, this contemporary, dystopian production places audiences at the centre of the storm as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

Critic reviews

If, at 78, this really is his last stage performance in Shakespeare, it makes a stunning finale

Arts Desk

Ian McKellen is potent as ever as he revisits Shakespeare’s doomed monarch

Time Out

Ian McKellen is mighty as Lear in Jonathan Munby’s pomp-filled, busy production

The Stage

Occasionally Ben and Max Ringham’s music is intrusive, but this is a staging of exceptional clarity and insight, and it pulses with life and urgency

The Times

McKellen is mesmerising and the intimacy of a studio theatre has been retained

WhatsOnStage

Ian McKellen gives a heavenly portrayal of a disintegrating monarch

Evening Standard

A gripping staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy, crowned by a superb central performance

The Financial Times

McKellen leaves you bereft and exhausted, yet somehow and in someway, still enchanted

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Date & time

Show ended
Wed 11 July - Sat 3 Nov, 1.30pm & 7pm

Venue

St Martin's Lane WC2N 4BG London, UK · Get Directions
4.7
out of 5 stars
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