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Ian McKellen finds his Company

The West End transfer of King Lear starring Ian McKellen has announced casting.

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, to play King Lear.

Reprising their roles from the Chichester produciton, will be Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard Clews (Gentleman Informer / Old Man), John Hastings (Curan / Doctor), Jake Mann (Burgundy / Lear’s Knight), Michael Matus (Oswald), Caleb Roberts (King of France), and Danny Webb (Gloucester).

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James Corrigan (Edmund) & Luke Thompson (Edgar)

They will be joined in the West End by James Corrigan (Edmund), Luke Thompson (Edgar), Anthony Howell (Albany), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Goneril), Daniel Rabin (Cornwall), Scott Sparrow (Albany’s Man), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia), James Millard, Johanne Murdock, Jessica Murrain and John Vernon.


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Claire Price (Goneril), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia) & Kirsty Bushell (Regan)

The highly anticipated West End production aims to replicate the intimate setting of Chichester, with the removal of a large section of the rear stalls at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, Williams Shakespeare’s King Lear is tender, brutal, moving and most of all epic.

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Danny Webb (Gloucester), Sinéad Cusack (Kent) & Anthony Howell (Albany)

This production is directed by Jonathan Munby with design by Paul Wills, 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.

King Lear will be broadcast live to cinema’s across the UK and internationally on 27 September 2018 with Natiopnal Theatre Live.

Buy ticket to King Lear

King Lear is booking from 11 July 2018 until 3 November 2018 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

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