McKellen’s Lear Causes ATG Box Office Crash

Ian McKellen as King Lear at Duke Of York's TheatreIt was announced today that Sir Ian McKellen would return to the West End in The Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear for a limited run of 100 performances this July at the Duke Of York’s Theatre.

When tickets went on sale today at midday, the Ambassador Theatre Group’s online ticketing system failed to cope with demand of rock star proportions as thousands of fans clamoured to grab tickets for the acclaimed production.

Within moments the system started to experience difficulties with clients posting to Twitter that after queuing for an hour they had been booted back to the start of the queue.

Meanwhile ATG posted the following message on its Twitter feed.

Having just tested the online system (6.30pm) everything seems to be back to normal but demand for tickets seems to be ongoing.

This production is notable as it sees Sir Ian return to the theatre where he made his West End debut.


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