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Ian McKellen’s King Lear gets West End transfer

Ian McKellen and Sinead Cusack in King Lear. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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King Lear, starring Ian McKellen, has confirmed a transfer to the West End.

The ensemble production of Shakespeare’s tragedy ran at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, with a company led by McKellen as the titular character.

The production will now run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London from July 11 to November 3.

It will see McKellen return to the theatre where he made his West End debut in the 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, the show has design by Paul Wills, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

Movement is by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Kate Waters.

It is produced in the West End by ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

Chichester’s Prologue ticket scheme will be implemented throughout the 100-performance run in the West End, providing £5 day tickets for 16 to 25-year-olds.

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