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Ian McKellen in the title role of King Lear (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Ian McKellen in the title role of King Lear (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

King Lear offers £5 tickets for 16-25 year olds

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 11 July 2018, Last Updated 11 July 2018

It’s one of the must-have tickets of the season – and for many 16-25 year olds, it could be theirs for as little as £5. Ian McKellen plays King Lear as Chichester Festival Theatre’s hit production transfers to the West End.

And the venue’s hugely successful Prologue scheme, which enables 16-25 year olds to purchase £5 tickets across all productions in the theatre’s Festival season, has been extended to include the eagerly anticipated transfer.

The limited number tickets can be purchased from 10am on the day of performance in person at the Duke of York’s Theatre Box Office, where proof of age ID will be required. The offer is for individuals aged 16 to 25 who must make the booking themselves (maximum one ticket per person).

Ian McKellen as King Lear

Alongside McKellen in the infamous role, King Lear’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester) and Kirsty Bushell (Regan), with direction from Jonathan Munby. The show will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for 100 performances only from 11 July to 3 November 2018, following a sold-out season in last year.

For those unable to catch the tender and brutal epic in person, King Lear will also be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday 27 September with National Theatre Live, which currently broadcasts to 2500 venues across 60 countries.

For more information about King Lear, visit the show’s website.


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