Exclusive: First look at Ian McKellen and cast in rehearsals for King Lear

Jonathan Munby directs the all-star cast which also includes Tamara Lawrance, Sinead Cusack and Dervla Kirwan

Rehearsal images have been released ahead of the opening of Jonathan Munby's production of King Lear, at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester later this month.

Ian McKellen stars in the title role alongside Sinéad Cusack as Kent, Dervla Kirwan as Goneril, Kirsty Bushell as Regan and Tamara Lawrance as Cordelia.

The cast also features Jonathan Bailey as Edgar, Damien Molony as Edmund, Phil Daniels as Fool, Patrick Robinson as Cornwall and Danny Webb as Gloucester.

They are joined by Richard Clews, John Hastings, Dominic Mafham, Jake Mann, Michael Matus, Caleb Roberts.

King Lear runs at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from 29 September to 28 October, with previews from 22 September.