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King Lear played by Joseph Marcell

King Lear (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Joseph Marcell plays the title role in 2013's touring production of King Lear. Joseph was last at the Globe in 2011, playing Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Performance

“When we’re outside we have all the elements, it becomes really real. You get an idea of what it may have been like in Shakespeare’s time.”
In his final interview, Joseph discusses his favourite moments of the play and the audience’s reactions to him as Lear as the tour comes to the Globe.

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Tech Week & Touring

"There needs to be a precision of verse, a precision of prose, diction, clarity, but most of all: clarity of intention." In a special phone interview from Turkey, Joseph talks about the challenges that can arise when performing Shakespeare abroad.

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Rehearsal

"It’s very hard to see how one apportions love among three people.” In this second interview Joseph Marcell discusses the on-going rehearsals, and how his impressions of the character have changed.

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Pre-Rehearsal

"I read somewhere that it is perhaps the greatest honour an actor can be given - when he gets to a certain age - to be given the part of King Lear."
In his first interview, Joseph Marcell speaks humbly about his past experiences of performing Shakespeare and how he now feels being cast in this latest role at the Globe.

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