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Cast reveal: Ian McKellen to lead stellar ensemble in Robert Icke's Player Kings


In an eagerly anticipated announcement, the entire cast has been confirmed for the upcoming production of Player Kings, a bold adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, parts one and two, written by the acclaimed playwright Robert Icke. The play is set to be headlined by none other than the legendary Sir Ian McKellen, who will be taking on the role of Falstaff.

Shakespeare's historical masterpiece traces the journey of Hal, the young prince and King-in-waiting, as he navigates a series of adventures with his older companion Falstaff, all while the looming threat of war casts its shadow.

Joining McKellen in this stellar lineup is Toheeb Jimoh, known for his roles in Ted Lasso and Romeo and Juliet, who will portray the pivotal character of Hal. Richard Coyle, recognized for his work in Ink and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, will take on the role of King Henry IV.

The ensemble cast is a formidable array of talent, featuring Raphael Akuwudike, Sara Beharrell, Samuel Edward-Cook, Geoffrey Freshwater, James Garnon, Alice Hayes, Henry Jenkinson, Nigel Lister, Annette McLaughlin, Mark Monero, Hywel Morgan, Joseph Mydell, Clare Perkins, Daniel Rabin, David Semark, David Shelley, Robin Soans, Tafline Steen, and Perry Williams.

Player Kings is scheduled to run at the Noël Coward Theatrefrom 1 April to 22 June 2024, with previews at New Wimbledon Theatre from 1 March to 9 March 2024 and Manchester Opera House from 14 March to 23 March 2024.

The creative team behind the production includes design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Gareth Fry, casting by Julia Horan, and fighting design by Kev McCurdy. Associate costume designer Johanna Coe, hair and makeup designer Susanna Peretz, and associate directors Jack Bradfield and Lizzie Manwaring round out the talented team working behind the scenes.

Player Kings promises to be a captivating and innovative reinterpretation of a classic Shakespearean tale, brought to life by a cast and creative team of unparalleled calibre. Book your seats using the Noël Coward Theatre seating plan.

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