King Lear Theatre Show in London

King Lear Theatre Show in London
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$109.78
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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“I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”

Six-time Olivier Award-winner Ian McKellen reprises the titular role of King Lear in Jonathan Munby’s epic adaptation of the Bard’s haunting tragedy. Coming to the West End this July, Munby’s production, which opened to rave five-star reviews at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, is scheduled to run for 100 performances.

Following its sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Munby’s explosive revival of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy moves to the West End with a celebrated cast led by Ian McKellen as the embittered monarch in a fractured kingdom. 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.

What's the story?

The elderly King Lear decides to relinquish his power and divide his realm between his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril. Lear plans to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the child who loves him the most. Goneril and Regan make excessive, yet shallow, declarations of affection towards their father. Lear’s favourite daughter Cordelia, however, replies simply, but truthfully, that she loves him. Enraged by her reply, Lear disowns his most loving child.

Lear’s blindness triggers a torrent of unrelenting ambition and treachery that plunges his realm into a shocking power struggle with a brutal and bitterly heart-breaking end; this is widely considered to be one of the most powerful tragedies ever written. 

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”

Six-time Olivier Award-winner Ian McKellen reprises the titular role of King Lear in Jonathan Munby’s epic adaptation of the Bard’s haunting tragedy. Coming to the West End this July, Munby’s production, which opened to rave five-star reviews at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, is scheduled to run for 100 performances.