The production, directed by Jonathan Munby and starring Sir Ian McKellen in the title role, will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season from the 11th July.
ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions have today announced that Jonathan Munby’s production of King Lear will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
The cast for the West End run of the intimate production will be led by Sir Ian McKellen, who returns to the Duke of York’s Theatre having made his West End debut at the theatre 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers. Further casting for the West End run has yet to be announced.
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.
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.
It has also been announced that £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.
The production features designs 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.