Player Kings Tickets
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 2024Ian 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 KingsThe 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.