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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.
You might like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare plays in London.
Daily Telegraph★★★★★ – "Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production" Guardian★★★★ – "This production still dazzles, McKellen shimmering brightest at its dark, tormented heart" The Times★★★★ – "Ian McKellen is magnificent"
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre – 22 Jun to 14 Oct 2018 – William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions.
Othello at Globe Theatre – 20 Jul to 13 Oct 2018 – Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globe's production of one of Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedies.
Measure For Measure at Donmar Warehouse – 28 Sep to 24 Nov 2018 – The Donmar Warehouse will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, starring Hayley Atwell
Othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith – 5 Oct to 3 Nov 2018 – Othellomacbeth combines two of Shakespeare's most brutal and poetic plays into one condensed show.
Macbeth at Barbican Centre – 15 Oct 2018 to 18 Jan 2019 – A contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's Macbeth starring Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston.
Shakespeare-inspired comedy at the Globe Theatre – 19 Oct 2018 – The Comedy Store Players will be performing Shakespeare-inspired jokes and improvised skits at the Globe.
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans