Duke of York's

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

King Lear

King Lear Tickets

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Duke of York's

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Starring: Ian McKellen

Booking until: Saturday, 3 November 2018

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes (One interval)

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Booking until:
Saturday, 3 November 2018

Running time:
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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based on 9 reviews

Professionally engaging

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A Great Show

A great show with acting and staging that makes London Theater the place to be. A fantastic performance by Ian Mckellen.

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Ian McKellan shines among other young stars!

London Box Office customer

A must see

A must see. The plot is quite heavy and a good glass of wine afterwards is necessary. Superb acting, props, stage management and lighting

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A must see

London Box Office customer

I have seen many productions of King Lear but I thought Ian Mckellan's Lear was very human and made one very aware of the effects of age and suffering on a person. The two daughters were portrayed as less than sympathetic characters and the contrast in the characters of Edmond and Edgar was well defined. Kent portrayed as a woman was interesting and her loyalty to Lear made very clear. The irony and pity of the final scene was very moving. This play is not suitable for children, obviously, or for people who are just looking for a fun night out. It might be preferable to know at least something of the story before seeing the play.

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

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 659
  • Year built: 1892

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