LIVE REVIEW Exit the King

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A great script is nothing without great actors and great actors are nothing without a great script. Sadly that has never been truer than with Patrick Marber's new version of Eugène Ionesco’s 1962 absurdist play Exit the King for the National Theatre.

Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian-born French dramatist who inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques and helped inaugurate the "Theatre of the Absurd".

In Exit the King, Rhys Ifans leads a cast of familiar television faces; Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Amy Morgan (Mr Selfridge), Derek Griffiths (Coronation Street), Debra Gillett (Cranford) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey) in this 100-minute long, single-act play about a 483 year-old monarch who is struggling to accept the fact after ruling a surreal kingdom for over 400 years.