Ian McKellen to play John Falstaff in ‘PLAYER KINGS,’ Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2

Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and No Guarantees have announced that Ian McKellen will star as John Falstaff in PLAYER KINGS, a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, adapted by award-winning writer and director Robert Icke.

The production will run at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End from 1 April to 22 June 2024, with previews at New Wimbledon Theatre from 1 to 9 March and Manchester Opera House from 14 to 23 March 2024.

Ian McKellen comments:

“I decided to become a professional actor at Cambridge in 1959, when I was in John Barton’s undergraduate production of Henry IV. Derek Jacobi played Prince Hal and I was the ancient Justice Shallow. Ever since, the plays have been among my favourite Shakespeares, although through the years I’ve resisted offers to play John Falstaff. Robert Icke’s ingenious adaptation was irresistible.” 

Across the three venues there will be 8,000 tickets at £30 or under exclusively for under 30s – with at least 60 tickets available for every performance located across all levels of the auditorium.

Tickets for New Wimbledon Theatre and Manchester Opera House are available to ATG+ members today, Wednesday 15 November at 12pm; with general booking open from tomorrow, Thursday 16 November at 10am. Tickets for Noël Coward Theatre will be available to DMT+ Priority on Monday 20 November at 10am, and those signed up for priority booking at 12pm; general booking opens Tuesday 21 November at 10am.

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