King LearDuration 3h30

The Old Vic, The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson makes a striking return to the stage in the eponymous role of King Lear.

Following a quarter of a century’s engagement with politics, Jackson will once again tread the boards at The Old Vic, forming part of a star-studded company including Celia Imrie, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans and Harry Melling.

The story of an ageing monarch and their gradual, vengeful descent into insanity, King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s most notorious tragic tales, a story riddled with corruption, deceit and poignancy.

Directed by legendary theatremaker Deborah Warner, this eagerly anticipated, high-profile production promises to be a performance of the classic text to savour.

If you have already booked, please note that the start time of all performances has changed to an earlier time slot. Please check our performance calendar for details.

Cast & Creatives

Glenda Jackson, Celia Imrie, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Harry Melling, Fiston Barek, William Chubb, Morfydd Clark, Simon Manyonda, Clifford Rose, Gary Sefton
William Shakespeare
Deborah Warner

The Old Vic

The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB
0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (200m)
Nearest bus
1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
Nearest train
Waterloo (200m) Take Exit 2 and turn right.

1 bay for blue badge holders in Webber Street, plus meters. NCP in Coin Street. Nearest taxi pick-up point is at Waterloo station.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 5p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Fax: 020 7928 4397 Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Online booking form available via Email:
Discounts vary with each production.
Limited mobility
Boxes or E28, F20, G6, G31, M4, X7 in the Stalls have the most leg room.
Access description
There is a ramp from street level into the foyer and the box office is on your right. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are seven steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 20+ steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Baylis Circle (with handrails). The theatre is open 1 hour before the performance.
Hearing impaired
Sennheiser infra-red system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Pleae inform Box Office at time of booking.
There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. One wheelchair position in Stalls seat N5, a companion can sit in N6. In the case of a transfer, the wheelchair will be stored in the adapted toilet which is next to the access door and close to the wheelchair position. Please discuss any access needs with the box office at the time of booking.
There are men’s and women’s off the Pit bar, and 21 steps up from the Lilian Baylis bar.
Disabled toilets
Adapted WC on the left inside the side entrance.
Pit bar down 19 steps from foyer (spacious), Dress Circle bar up 20+ steps, Lilian Baylis bar up 49 steps. Soft drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. All have moveable seats.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens