The Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear will be transferring to London’s West End for a limited run of 100 performances from 11th July to 3rd November 2018, at the Duke Of York’s Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby, this intimate and contemporary production ran for a sold-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre’s Minerva Theatre in Autumn 2017. KING LEAR Stars Sir Ian McKellen In The Title Role Playing In London’s West End.
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.
The ensemble of actors will include Ian McKellen as King Lear, returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre where he made his West End debut in the 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers. McKellen has since enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and screen, not least inhabiting some of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles including Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago, Richard II and III as well as in previous productions of King Lear as Edgar, Kent and in the title role.
Tender, brutal, moving and epic, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. Jonathan Munby’s credits include his new production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen in the West End; First Light for Chichester Festival Theatre; All the Angels, The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra for Shakespeare’s Globe; and Wendy & Peter Pan for the RSC.
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