FIRST PUBLISHED 9 February, updated 12 February 2018: Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Ian McKellen, will receive a West End transfer, running at the Duke of York’s Theatre for 100 performances only from 11 July to 3 November 2018. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA YOUR MATES!
Directed by Jonathan Munby, the intimate and contemporary production ran for a sold-out season at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in autumn 2017.
Ian McKellen, as Lear, returns to the Duke of York’s Theatre where he made his West End debut in the 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers. During an extensive stage and screen career, the actor has inhabited 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.
Full casting for the West End production of King Lear will be announced in due course.
Director 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.
The production is designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, movement by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Kate Waters. King Lear is presented by ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.