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Full cast and NT Live screening announced for KING LEAR with Ian McKellen in the title role

NT Live King Lear

NT Live King Lear

  • Further casting is announced, joining Ian McKellen (King Lear) for the West End production.
  • Reprising their roles will be Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester) and Kirsty Bushell (Regan). They will be joined in the West End by James Corrigan (Edmund), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Goneril), Luke Thompson (Edgar), and Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia).
  • 100 performances only at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London from 11th July to 3rd November 2018 with tickets on sale via KingLearWestEnd.com
  • King Lear will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday 27th September with National Theatre Live.

Further casting is announced for the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Jonathan Munby, which will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London for 100 performances only from 11th July to 3rd November 2018.

Reprising their roles at the Duke of York’s Theatre, following a sold-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, will be the previously announced Ian McKellen as King Lear, alongside Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard Clews (Gentleman Informer / Old Man), Sinéad Cusack (Kent), John Hastings (Curan / Doctor), Jake Mann(Burgundy / Lear’s Knight), Michael Matus (Oswald), Caleb Roberts (King of France), and Danny Webb (Gloucester). They will be joined in the West End by James Corrigan (Edmund), Anthony Howell (Albany), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), James MillardJohanne MurdockJessica Murrain, Claire Price (Goneril), Daniel Rabin (Cornwall), Scott Sparrow (Albany’s Man), Luke Thompson (Edgar), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia), and John Vernon.

It is also announced that King Lear will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday 27th September with National Theatre Live. NT Live currently screens to 2500 venues across 60 countries.

Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

Tender, brutal, moving and epic, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written.

Ian McKellen returns to the Duke of York’s Theatre where he made his West End debut in the 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers. He has since enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and screen, not least inhabiting 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.

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 AngelsThe Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra for Shakespeare’s Globe; and Wendy & Peter Pan for the RSC.

£5 tickets will be available as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Prologue scheme for 16-25 year olds. Tickets can be purchased on the day of performance in person from the Duke of York’s Box Office, when proof of age ID will be required.

ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions present Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear  by William Shakespeare which is directed by Jonathan Munby, designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, with movement direction by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Kate Waters.

LISTINGS

KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Munby

Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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Performance schedule:

First performance: 11th July 2018
Final performance: 3rd November 2018
Opening Night: 26th July 2018

Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 7pm
Saturday matinee at 1.30pm

Running time: 3 hours and 20 minutes including one interval

Box office details:

Website: KingLearWestEnd.com
Telephone: 020 8544 7469
Prices from: £25
No late admittance