King Lear

King Lear

4.7 (15) · Contemporary, Shakespeare

‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’


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

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


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

The Financial Times

Ian McKellen gives a heavenly portrayal of a disintegrating monarch

Evening Standard

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


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

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

The Stage

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

Time Out

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

Arts Desk

Date & time

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


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