King Lear: Ian McKellen

Chichester Festival Theatre production on Duke of York's Theatre scene
A play by William Shakespeare

UK, 2018, 3 hours 20 minutes

Director: Jonathan Munby

Cast: Ian McKellen, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Kirsty Bushell, Claire Price, Sinéad Cusack

Age limit: 16+

Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees 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 bitter ends.