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King Lear, Duke of York's Theatre, review - towering Ian McKellen | reviews, news & interviews

King Lear, Duke of York's Theatre, review - towering Ian McKellen

King Lear, Duke of York's Theatre, review - towering Ian McKellen

Sir Ian's Shakespeare swansong is a fast-paced, modern-dress production

Glenda Jackson in King Lear

11 GREAT KING LEARS

Greg Hicks, RSC Hicks occupies the part with brisk and inventive intensity

Derek Jacobi, Donmar Warehouse A thrilling chamber version, though even at 72 Jacobi still seems too spry

Glenda Jackson, Old Vic Jackson returns to the stage as an authoritative Lear, gender irrelevant (Jackson pictured above with Morfydd Clark, photo by Manuel Harlan)

Grigori Kozintsev, 1971 Russian film version Truly apocalyptic masterpiece, stunningly performed

Tatsuya Nakadai, Kurosawa's Ran Lear-inspired epic of the futility of war

Jonathan Pryce, Almeida Theatre Pryce heads a disturbingly dysfunctional family in a compelling production of Shakespeare's tragedy

Simon Russell Beale, National Theatre Russell Beale's Lear budges up to make room for Mendes's vision

Barrie Rutter, Northern Broadsides Jonathan Miller's vivid production puts Lear in a Yorkshire accent

Antony Sher, Royal Shakespeare Company Sher runs the full delivery gamut in Gregory Doran's distinguished production

John Shrapnel, Tobacco Factory A traditional Lear triumphs in the heat of Bristol's alchemical vessel

Aleh Sidorchik, Shakespeare's Globe Belarus Free Theatre stages Lear as post-Soviet Oedipal X-Factor extravaganza

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