About Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen will perform the title role in the West End transfer of Jonathan Munby’s celebrated production of King Lear

In a career spanning over 60 years, Ian McKellen has been the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for two Oscars, four BAFTA’s and five Emmy Awards

Ian McKellen’s celebrated career encompasses genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular television and to fantasy and science fiction films.

Ian McKellen’s previous theatre roles

Ian McKellen has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage, 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.

Ian McKellen’s film and tv roles

Ian achieved worldwide fame for his notable film roles, which include the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Other work includes ITV sitcom Vicious alongside Derek Jacobi, The Da Vinci Code, The Dresser and the voice of Cogsworth in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

What role does Ian McKellen play

Ian McKellen will play the role of King Lear.

What is KING LEAR about

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

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.

Find tickets to King Lear

King Lear runs from 11 July 2018 until 3 November 2018 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.