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Shakespeare's Globe

King Lear [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Bill Buckhurst

Old King Lear, weary of royal duties, proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived – and, in turn, the suffering common to all humanity.

Its tempestuous poetry shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, King Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition.

Joseph Marcell and Bethan Cullinane featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.

Performed at the Globe and touring on an Elizabethan-style stage.

CREATIVES AND PRODUCTION

  • Designer Jonathan Fensom
  • Composer Alex Silverman
  • Choreographer Georgina Lamb

CAST

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PRESS REVIEWS

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Bristol Post
Bristol Post

"This wasn't a deeply moving performance but it was an absorbing one"

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Ripon Gazette
Laura Connor

"Marcell seemed to play up to his comedic persona, cavorting around the stage with a playful energy – making the Bard’s notoriously tragic elements even more painful to watch"

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Liverpool Daily Post
Sean Bradbury

"A triumphant telling of the timeless King Lear"

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Cumbria Live
Cumbria Live

"Joseph Marcell was an excellent Lear who brought real emotion and sense of loss into the play’s bloody conclusion"

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Fringe Review
Alice Booth

"I found myself appreciating the richness of the language, and the subtlety of the play’s more poignant moments, brought out by fine, clear acting across the board."

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