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Exit the King

by Eugène Ionesco
in a new version by Patrick Marber

From 17 July
Running Time: Approx 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval

Exit the King

Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryHedda Gabler) directs his new version of Exit the King with a cast including Rhys Ifans (Notting HillA Christmas Carol) in the title role and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Man and Superman) as his first Queen.

Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life...

‘The king is dead. Long live the king.’

This great tragi-comedy is brought to life on the Olivier stage this summer, the first time Eugène Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre.


Hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance


Talks and events

Free Will: Do We Have a Choice? Mon 6 Aug, 6pm, £7/£5
Exploring Exit the King Wed 5 Sep, 10.30am – 4.30pm, £55/£40/£7.50

Exit the King Talks on Thu 6 Sep
individual events £7/£5,
combined tickets £15/£12
Actors Rhys Ifans and Indira Varma, 3 – 4pm
Three Perspectives on Dying, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Director and Adapter Patrick Marber 6 – 6.45pm

Designing Exit the King, Wed 3 October, 5pm

Exit the King | The show in three words

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Exit the King ticket prices and Access performances

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£45, £38, £34, £26, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
£50, £44, £36, £28, £15
Previews on 17 & 18 July
£32 - £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Friday 7 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 8 September, 2pm, preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Thursday 4 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 September, 2pm

Photography (Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma, Amy Morgan, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths and Adrian Scarborough) by Jay Brooks.

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