Director: Jonathan Munby; Written by: William Shakespeare; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Ian McKellen
Hollywood star Ian McKellen will be starring in the Duke of York's production of King Lear -- one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
Lear is an ageing monarch in a divided kingdom, so he decides to share it out between his three beloved daughters. But when he asks them to profess their love of him only two are prepared to shower the elderly king with flattering platitudes. His third daughter simply suggests that she will love him like any daughter should. Lear then casts her out of his kingdom for wounding his pride.
His two flattering daughters quickly reveal their true colours and force him from power. The increasingly frail king then descends into madness, and realises too late that it was his third daughter who loved him the most.
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