With six Oliviers, four Drama Desk Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards a Tony, Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award plus Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award nominations, there's barely an award in theatre, film or TV with which he has not been honoured.
To see him on stage is An Event. To see him in Shakespeare is an especially unmissable experience. So get ready to snap up tickets as King Lear, with McKellen in the title role, comes to London after a triumphant sold out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Jonathan Munby's modern dress production is an intimate take on Shakespeare's great tragedy. Combing a tender study of devotion and death with a blistering portrait of madness and betrayal, King Lear is as potent as it is poetic. And the central role offers over three hours of torment.
McKellen leads an ensemble cast as the aging king, blinded by his need for reassurance, balancing on the brink of great power and ultimate vulnerability. Having played Edgar in 1974, Kent in 1990 and Lear in 2007, McKellen knows his way around Shakespeare's text. At the age of 78 he brings both a lifetime's experience and a deeply affecting sense of aging and mortality to the role.
The show comes to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre with a fanfare of five-star reviews from Chichester. 'McKellen is in full command of a lifetime’s acting technique,' enthused The Stage. The Telegraph described a 'triumphant... lucid, insightful, finely acted production' and The Guardian praised McKellen's 'profound portrait of a soul in torment'.
King Lear is at Duke of York's Theatre for a limited run of 100 performances. Booking opens at noon on Thursday 8 February.
|What||Ian McKellen's King Lear, Duke of York's Theatre|
|Where||Duke of York's Theatre , 104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
11 Jul 18 – 03 Nov 18, 7:00 PM – 10:20 PM
|Website||Click here to book now|