King Lear 
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.
Performed at the Globe and touring on an Elizabethan-style stage.
CREATIVES AND PRODUCTION
- Designer Jonathan Fensom
- Composer Alex Silverman
- Choreographer Georgina Lamb
"This wasn't a deeply moving performance but it was an absorbing one"
"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"
Liverpool Daily Post
"A triumphant telling of the timeless King Lear"
"Joseph Marcell was an excellent Lear who brought real emotion and sense of loss into the play’s bloody conclusion"
"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."