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.
If, at 78, this really is his last stage performance in Shakespeare, it makes a stunning finale
Ian McKellen is potent as ever as he revisits Shakespeare’s doomed monarch
Ian McKellen is mighty as Lear in Jonathan Munby’s pomp-filled, busy production
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
McKellen is mesmerising and the intimacy of a studio theatre has been retained
Ian McKellen gives a heavenly portrayal of a disintegrating monarch
A gripping staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy, crowned by a superb central performance
McKellen leaves you bereft and exhausted, yet somehow and in someway, still enchanted