King Lear Tickets
Duke of York's
Starring: Ian McKellen
Booking until: Saturday, 3 November 2018
Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes (One interval)
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Saturday, 3 November 2018
3 hours 20 minutes (One interval)
Ian McKellen! Who cares what the show is, I’m buying tickets for that!
Well, good. But also, read on to find out more about the show. King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most difficult parts to play – it’s been covered by legends like Geoffrey Rush, Don Warrington, Simon Russell Beale and Glenda Jackson – and that’s only in the last few years! McKellen played this version of Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre in autumn 2017 and it got (as expected) a raft of 5-star reviews.
About time McKellen is back in the West End then!
It always feels too long when he’s gone, but it’s actually only been 18 months or so. McKellen last came to Wyndham’s Theatre in 2016 with close friend and theatre legend Patrick Stewart, for No Man’s Land. It got McKellen as Olivier Award nominee – not Stewart though. Rivalry!
He must have loads of Olivier Awards!
He does have a few that’s for sure – five wins and 5 further nominations. His last nomination (before No Man’s Land) was actually for King Lear. He performed it back in 2007 at New London Theatre under Trevor Nunn. This one however is directed by Jonathan Munby.
So how long is this show on for?
Only 100 performances! It previews on 11 July and runs until 3 November, so demand will be high. Even more so, because the Duke of York Theatre is removing half of its stalls seats for this performance to make way for an extended staging. That’s at least 150 seats per performance that won’t be there anymore. Uh oh!
Not only, but McKellen has hinted that this might be his last ever Shakespeare role. He’s been acting for 57 years, so he’s definitely paid his dues. No pressure for getting to see this last hoorah then!
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