King Lear
Drama
Future

Duke of Yorks Theatre

King Lear

12 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018

£30.00 - £150.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

4.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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The celebrated Chichester production arrives in the West End.  

McKellen and Cusack reprise their roles.

(Reviewed in Chichester, Sept 2017)

“Lucid, insightful, finely acted production... Nuance flourishes... Cusack’s [a] beautifully judged, battle-hardened Kent.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal... Compelling and lucid.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Stunning... An impressive valedictory Lear... A penetrating and pervading sense of loss and bewilderment.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“Strikingly conversational... savouring the nuances of Lear’s nostalgia, dark logic and fragility as much as his scalding fury.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“It's not just about McKellen's performance... as good as it is. There's an excellent supporting cast.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“McKellen: superbly detailed performance... dwells, almost conversationally, on the guilt, remorse and mix of reason and madness.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Clear, thoughtful, terrifically well-paced revival... McKellen: Conversational, nuanced, profoundly felt and utterly compelling.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“The strength of this production comes from its impressive ensemble, led by an incredible but not infallible McKellen.”

Broadway World (other reviewers)

“Many solidly good performances... Cusack positively shines... McKellen delivers something special too, nuanced and powerful.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A vaguely Edwardian period with echoes of empire... Munby maintains the momentum of a political thriller... A crack cast.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Intelligent... powerfully reflective... slightly dissociative, as if this is a king who has simply never been gainsaid before.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Fine production... McKellen’s Lear crumbles gradually... throughout, he wonderfully pulls off surprises as if they were simple.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“An assured and generous performance with a rare degree of humour... Too few tempests and too many squalls.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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