Fans hoping to see Ian McKellen in King Lear left frustrated as online ticket system struggles to cope

The veteran actor is set to take on the iconic Shakespeare role in London later this year, but ticketing system ATG Tickets admitted its site had struggled with "unprecedented demand"

Ian McKellen as King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre (photo by Manuel Harlan)

Fans hoping to buy tickets to see Ian McKellen in King Lear were left frustrated when the online purchasing system struggled to cope with demand.

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Dates for 100 performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End went on sale at midday on Friday 8th February.

However, not long after many users reported having issues with the ATG Tickets website, with people waiting in lengthy online queues only for the system to break when they came to purchase tickets.

However, other fans have been tweeting that they have successfully secured tickets, either through the online system or by phoning up ATG Tickets instead of booking online.

ATG Tickets said in a statement to RadioTimes.com, “We are experiencing unprecedented demand for King Lear tickets, and we’re asking customers to be patient as they wait in our queuing system.”

The site’s Twitter feed meanwhile added, “We are aware some customers have been experiencing issues booking tickets for King Lear due to a high volume of interest. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

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A further tweet added that the site was experiencing “unprecedented demand”, and asked people who had experienced issues to send a direct message with their details.