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King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Minerva TheatreDatesPrice: From £20


How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!

Two ageing fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery - and their worlds crumble.

Tender, violent, moving and shocking, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece in the intimate setting of the Minerva Theatre.

Jonathan Munby directs, following his acclaimed production of First Light for Festival 2016. His work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes All the Angels, The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra; his recent work for the RSC includes Wendy & Peter Pan.

The ensemble of actors includes Ian McKellen, who last appeared at Chichester in The Syndicate in 2011.


Cast & Creatives

Creative Team

Jonathan Munby


Paul Wills


Oliver Fenwick

Lighting Designer

Ben and Max Ringham

Music and Sound

Lucy Cullingford

Movement Director

Anne McNulty

Casting Director

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Booking Details

Please note that King Lear tickets are limited to two per customer.

King Lear is not included in the Friends Festival Saver or in the Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free offer.