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Shakespeare's Globe

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Touring the UK, Europe and Asia, and playing at the Globe


Directed by
Bill Buckhurst

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Composed by
Alex Silverman


Oliver Boot
Edmund/King of France 

Bethan Cullinane 

Ruth Everett

Joseph Marcell
King Lear 

Rawiri Paratene 
Duke of Gloucester/Duke of Albany 

Shanaya Rafaat 

Matthew Romain 
Edgar/Duke of Cornwall/Duke of Burgundy 

Dickon Tyrrell
Earl of Kent 

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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.


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