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Shakespeare's Globe

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Touring the UK and US on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage.


Directed by
Bill Buckhurst

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Composed by
Alex Silverman


Gwendolen Chatfield

Bethan Cullinane

Joseph Marcell
King Lear

Alex Mugnaioni
Edgar/Duke of Cornwall/Duke of Burgundy

Bill Nash
Earl of Kent

Daniel Pirrie
Edmund/Oswald/King of France

Shanaya Rafaat

John Stahl
Duke of Gloucester/ Duke of Albany/Doctor

  • Theatre/2014/Globe/King Lear/Joseph Marcell/CG

Please note: this production has now closed.

US Tour

September - December 2014

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.


What's On Stage

'Excellent theatre and wonderfully performed.'

Fringe Review

'Joseph Marcell is a lithe and magnificent King Lear'
Hunts Post

'Excellent acting, thrilling action and some clever comic touches to lighten this tragic play'
Audience Member on TripAdvisor


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