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King Lear

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Sir Ian McKellen plays one of Shakespeare's most tragic roles. Read More >

King LearSir Ian McKellen plays one of Shakespeare’s most tragic roles, in a play that explores old age, mortality, family, man’s need for religious belief and the capacity to endure.

Lear decides to split his land between his three daughters, proportional to how much they claim to love him. Belief in false flattery, however, can have devastating consequences.

This production contains a brief scene of nudity.

For more about this production read the First Night Feature or the Big Interview with Romola Garai.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/11/2007

Opening Night: 28/11/2007

Closing Night: 12/01/2008

Running time: 3h30

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Cast & Creative


Ben Addis, Frances Barber, Adam Booth, Zoe Boyle, Russell Byrne, Naomi Capron, Monica Dolan, Romola Garai, William Gaunt, Richard Goulding, Julian Harries, John Heffernan, Peter Hinton, Jonathan Hyde, Melanie Jessop, Gerald Kyd, Seymour Matthews, Sylvester McCoy, Ian McKellen, Ben Meyjes, David Weston, Guy Williams, Philip Winchester


Director - Trevor Nunn

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company

Designer - Christopher Oram

Lighting Designer - Neil Austen

Sound - Fergus O'Hare

Author - William Shakespeare

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