Legendary thespian Sir Ian McKellen has won our collective hearts with screen roles including Gandalf in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ and supervillain Magneto in ‘X-Men’, plus a turn in ITV comedy ‘Vicious’. And all that’s not to mention his adorable bromance with Sir Patrick Stewart and his championing of LGBT+ rights. Now he’s returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre, where he made his West End stage debut in 1964, to have a crack at one of Shakespeare’s most famous roles.
McKellen will star as King Lear, in an intimate production that landed five-star reviews when it opened at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. The Duke of York’s Theatre will remove half its stalls seats, meaning that audiences can see McKellen up close as he reprises his performance as the ageing king who hands his power over to his daughters. ‘King Lear’ will run for 100 performances, opening on July 11.
For more of the Bard’s greatest hits, check out our list of Shakespeare plays in London.
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