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Noel Coward Theatre

Ian McKellen stars as Falstaff in a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by Olivier Award winner Robert Icke.

Ian McKellen Player Kings Tickets: The Theatre Event of 2024

Ian McKellen proves yet again why he is “one of the world’s greatest actors” (The Times) as he takes on Shakespeare’s Falstaff in Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre. Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke’s new version of Henry IV Parts I & II brings the boastful knight to the forefront, with a towering performance from McKellen making this the completely unmissable theatrical event of the season.

About Player Kings

The country is divided, its leadership is crumbling, and corruption is in the air. England has always been in crisis and never more than in Shakespeare’s great historical two-parter. As the King frets about his weakening control and encroaching enemies, his son Hal is frittering away his youth in Eastcheap’s most notorious taverns. By his side is Sir John Falstaff, an aging knight who loves to spin a yarn and boast about his alleged triumphs.

War is coming, but can Hal step up to the plate?

Player Kings distills Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II into a powerful single part, revised and reinterpreted by Olivier Award-winning writer and director Robert Icke. Icke’s keen eye for retelling European classics has earned him plaudits and audience acclaim, with credits including Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson and George Orwell’s 1984.

Ian McKellen in Player Kings

Ian McKellen stars as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragi-comic creations, Sir John Falstaff. This larger-than-life character is an audience favourite, a joy to watch, and adds another iconic role to McKellen’s already heaving theatre credits. He has played Hamlet, Richard III and King Lear on stage and is the recipient of six Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, five BAFTAs and two Academy Award nominations. Most recently, he delighted West End crowds in tender comedy Frank & Percy, opposite Roger Allam.

Tickets For Player Kings at Noel Coward Theatre Available Soon

McKellen and Shakespeare go together like horse and carriage, and in this luminous new play you can see a master of his craft take on one of the greatest figures in the Bard’s work. Player Kings is in London for just 12 weeks, so book early for its short but epic reign!

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Performance dates:
20 May 2024 - 22 Jun 2024
Running time:
3 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+. Under 3s not permitted.
Audience Notes:
The appearance of any performer cannot be guaranteed and is always subject to illness, injury and statutory holiday entitlement.

Latest Audience Reviews

Here to see a Knight of the Realm on stage. Sir Ian McKellen is no stranger to Shakespeare, and h... More

A phenomenal and visceral part 1 that’s heavily let down by the second act. The adapted staging a... More

Very good show. Falstaff was excellent. So was Prince Hal. Very good production. It was a long sh... More

The usher had warned me, on the way in that the first half - actually longer than the second - wa... More

As a student of Shakespeare, I was really interested to see how a combination of Henry I and II w... More

A memorable, lol funny at times, production, unique with Sir Ian as Falstaff - definitely not to... More

Show Times

How Long is Player Kings?
Player Kings running time is 3 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Matinee Shows
Performances start at 2.30pm and finish at 5.50pm.
Evening Shows
Performances start at 6.30pm and finish at 9.50pm.
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