Chichester is sold out for Ian McKellen’s King Lear

Chichester’s new production of King Lear starring Ian McKellen has sold out, it has been announced.

Now the theatre, which is staging the play on its smaller Minerva stage, is looking into broadcasting a performance to allow disappointed fans, who have been unable to get a ticket, to see the show.

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

This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece, directed by Jonathan Munby.

Munby was last at Chichester in 2016 when he directed the acclaimed First Light.

His work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes All the Angels, The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra; his recent work for the RSC includes Wendy & Peter Pan.

The outstanding ensemble of actors includes Ian McKellen in the title role, who last appeared at Chichester in The Syndicate in 2011. His recent stage work includes No Man’s Land in the West End and on Broadway.

Patrick RobinsonDervla Kirwan

The remaining cast are Jonathan Bailey, Kirsty Bushell, Richard Clews, Sinéad Cusack, Phil Daniels, John Hastings, Dervla Kirwan, Tamara Lawrance, Dominic Mafham, Jake Mann, Michael Matus, Damien Molony, Caleb Roberts, Patrick Robinson and Danny Webb.

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 – and their worlds crumble.

King Lear runs at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, from September 22 – October 28. Some returns are being sold via the theatre’s website.

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