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Booking from 3 April 2024 until 22 June 2024

See Ian McKellen as Shakespeare’s Falstaff with Player Kings play tickets

He has played some of the greatest characters in Shakespeare’s work, from King Lear to Richard III and Hamlet; now Ian McKellen takes on Falstaff in Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke’s thrilling new version of Henry IV. “One of the world’s greatest actors” (The Times) stars in Player Kings as the boastful knight for a strictly limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre, and tickets are set to fly out of the door for this unmissable event!

England is at war – with France, and with itself. A divided nation held together by an ailing king and beset by corruption, Henry IV knows how heavy the crown really is. His son, however, is busy drinking in the most notorious taverns in Eastcheap, alongside the infamous knight John Falstaff. Can Prince Hal step up to his responsibilities at the most crucial moment? 

Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I & 2 is reimagined into one gripping part in Robert Icke’s Player Kings play, which stars Ian McKellen as Sir John Falstaff. McKellen is one of the greatest living actors, with credits that range from blockbuster films (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) to classic theatre (Waiting for Godot, King Lear, The Seagull) and even pantomime (Mother Goose). He is the recipient of a Tony Award, six Olivier Awards, and a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Emmy Awards.

Director Robert Icke is one of the most dynamic and exciting interpreters of classic plays working in the UK. He became the youngest-ever winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director in 2016 for Oresteia and has also directed Andrew Scott in Hamlet and Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor

Don’t miss out on tickets to the Player Kings play in 2024. With an incredible creative team and central performance breathing fresh life and dynamism into Shakespeare’s classic, this is one of the theatre events of the year. Be quick, because it’s reign is short and sweet: it runs for 16 weeks in the West End. 

Child friendly?

The age rating for Ian McKellen’s Player Kings play is to be confirmed. Under 3s not permitted.