What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (35%)
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Lynn, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
An excellent modern rendition of the play. The set was very good and easy to manage through the acts. Special mention for the actors that played the Countess of Kent, Edmund, Edgar and the Fool, They played their scenes exceptionally well. The casting of Reagan as a bit of a 'evil whore' was different and a excellent take on a moral compass.
Reviewed on 22 October 2018 by Paul, Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 October 2018 by Rebecca, Crawley, United Kingdom
Ian McKellan's Lear was unlike any I'd seen before ... his "Reason not the need" speech was the pinnacle of his anger. After that, we saw a broken, tired man. In the final act, when he came on stage with Cordelia's body, his "Howl, howl, howl" was devoid of the usual angry energy ... he was a man totally defeated. It was very real and entirely moving. Also, Kent was believably and beautifully played as a woman by Sinead Cusack. The intimate theater space was the perfect venue for this play.
Reviewed on 14 October 2018 by Nina Anne, Sausalito, United States
A very contempory interpretation with a female Kent and a coloured Cordelia/France. An unbelievable energy in the old Lear and compelling pathos at the tragic end. A production that highlighted the ego-infatuation of this old abusive king who did not, even at the end, abandon the fond illusion of his own authority to compel Nature to obey him, and live happily ever after as songbirds in a cage.
Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by Arthur, Newry, United Kingdom
Mckellen excellent in an otherwise mediocre production. Like a fine wine improved with time.
Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by Brooks, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by Bruce, Aspen, United States
Reviewed on 06 October 2018 by Mary, Much Hadham, United Kingdom
The acting was brilliant throughout. Though the King of France wasn’t as strong as the others and his diction was a bit muffled.Experience was somewhat spoilt however by the sounds of constant fluffing, guzzling and crunching from fellow audience members eating crisps and drinking bottles of wine that they had brought into the auditorium! If you want to eat please go to a restaurant but when you’ve paid over £70 for a ticket it’s irritating to have to hear chomping and glugging. One other gripe I’d have is that I tried to call the box-office to enquire about reselling some surplus tickets at 5:30pm but I was kept waiting for over 10 minutes on a premium phone line with no answer.
Reviewed on 23 September 2018 by Helen, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 September 2018 by Marina, Moscow, Russian Federation
A fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent in such an intimate setting. Words cannot describe the power and impact of Mckellen's Lear. Superb in every way, a once in a lifetime privilege and worth every penny.
Reviewed on 21 September 2018 by Martha, Palo Alto, United States
Reviewed on 14 September 2018 by Angie, Forest Hill, Australia
A great show with acting and staging that makes London Theater the place to be. A fantastic performance by Ian Mckellen.
Reviewed on 13 September 2018 by Herbert, Menlo Park, United States
Reviewed on 13 September 2018 by Carrie, Atlanta, United States
A must see. The plot is quite heavy and a good glass of wine afterwards is necessary.Superb acting, props, stage management and lighting
Reviewed on 02 September 2018 by Susan, Lymington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Elisa, Biella, Italy
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.
Reviewed on 29 July 2018 by Joan, London, United Kingdom