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King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: 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.


To give as many people as possible an opportunity to see King Lear, we are limiting tickets to two per customer.

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

Festival 2017 pricing information

Prologue Members Early Bird
booking from 4 March

Cast & Creatives


  • Jonathan Bailey.

    Jonathan Bailey

  • Bushell Kirsty.

    Kirsty Bushell

  • Sinead Cusack.

    Sinéad Cusack

  • Clews Richard.

    Richard Clews

    Old Man and Gentleman Informer
  • Daniels Phil.

    Phil Daniels

  • Hastings John.

    John Hastings

    Curan and Doctor
  • Kirwan Dervla.

    Dervla Kirwan

  • Tamara Lawrance.

    Tamara Lawrance

  • Dominic Mafham Headshot Colour 9.

    Dominic Mafham

  • Jake Mann.

    Jake Mann

  • Michael Matus.

    Michael Matus

  • Ian Mc Kellen Photo By Sarah Dunn.

    Ian McKellen

    King Lear
  • Molony Damien.

    Damien Molony

  • Caleb Roberts.

    Caleb Roberts

    King of France
  • Patrick Robinson.

    Patrick Robinson

  • Danny Webb.

    Danny Webb


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

Access performances

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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.