King Lear at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
King Lear at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Chichester Festival Theatre’s celebrated King Lear starring theatre legend Ian McKellen transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, with tickets available for a strictly limited 100 performances. Shakespeare’s well-known story of an elderly king dividing up his kingdom between his three daughters is often regarded as one of the greatest tragedies in the English language.

Frequently revived across the country, starring famous theatre veterans including Glenda Jackson, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon and more, King Lear is the epic tragedy that sees two fathers cast out their dearest children in favour of greed and ambition. As treachery grows within families, a violent power struggle ensues with fatal consequences.

Ian McKellen is one of Britain’s foremost actors, having starred in iconic productions on stage and screen since his career began in the 1960's. He was won Tony, Olivier, SAG and Academy Awards for his work, most recently including Beauty and the Beast, Lord of the Rings, The Dresser, Mr. Holmes and Waiting for Godot. McKellen has also starred in Shakespeare productions such as Hamlet, Othello and Richard III, and most recently appeared in the West End in No Man’s Land at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Casting includes Kirsty Bushell as Regan, Sinéad Cusack as Kent, Michael Matus as Oswald and Danny Webb as Gloucester, as well as Richard Clews, John Hastings, Jake Mann and Caleb Roberts, who all reprise their roles following the Chichester run. Additional casting includes James Corrigan as Edmund, Anthony Howell as Albany, Lloyd Hutchinson as Fool, Claire Price as Goneril, Daniel Rabin as Cornwall, Luke Thompson as Edgar and Anita-Joy Uwajeh, as well as James Millard, Johanne Murdock, Jessica Murrain, Scott Sparrow and John Vernon.

King Lear is directed by Jonathan Munby, whose credits include Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, as well as All the Angels, Othello and Wendy & Peter Pan. The production includes design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham and movement by Lucy Cullingford, with fight direction by Kate Waters.

Taking place in a crumbling, conflicted present-day Britain, Munby’s version of King Lear draws on the parallels with the text and the country’s contemporary political landscape. With the original run selling out and earning five-star reviews across the board, King Lear is one of the West End’s hottest tickets of 2018. The production plays at the London venue from 11 July to 3 November 2018, with a press night on 26 July 2018.

Recommended for

Although King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s longer plays, this contemporary view of the text isn’t limited to Shakespeare geeks. King Lear is one of theatre’s greatest roles and with McKellen taking it on for a strictly limited 100 performances, audiences of all kinds will want to make sure to get their hands on King Lear tickets.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 11 Jul 2018
Press night: 26 Jul 2018
Booking from: 02 Nov 2018
Booking until: 03 Nov 2018

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for King Lear, please check out our interactive Duke of York's Theatre seating plan with 1661 seat reviews and 784 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

75 Reviews Add review

Seeing Sir Ian McKellen play King Lear was the height of my 10 days in London. He brought such poignancy to the role. The ensemble... More

francescasantoro 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was fantastic. Sir Ian McKellen indeed reigned supreme, he even came out to the stage door to sign everyone's programmes.... More

daan1601 185 cm, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

eroot 160 cm, 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Sir Ian McKellen was as always excellent in this role. He really knows how to command a stage and was mesmerising in this role. Hard... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

tmessenger 6"0, 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

BColeman 5 11", 79 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Amazing. Acting is superb, I love getting the jokes due to the stage directions that you miss in the text. I have quibbles, but they... More

purplepurple 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Not a Shakespeare enthusiast but Sir Ian McKellen's performance was truly moving.

suew1 5"7, 43 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Sir Ian McKellen is outstanding in this play as the King. What a privilege to have seen him perform. Mesmerising.

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes