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King Lear

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Thursday 10 August – Saturday 14 October 2017

Globe Theatre

Tickets Running Time
Yard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre To be confirmed

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Creatives


Writer
William Shakespeare 

Director
Nancy Meckler 

Designer
Rosanna Vize

Composer
Simon Slater

Movement
Shona Morris 

‘Love, and be silent’

Booking Information


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Public Booking
Public Booking opens Monday 30 January 2017, 10.00am.

Synopsis


King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he makes a decision to divide his kingdom among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute. As he comes to realize the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity.

Background


King Lear’s tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart.

Best known as Artistic Director of Shared Experience for 22 years and with numerous credits including the RSC and National Theatre, Nancy Meckler brings her charismatic style to the Globe for the first time.

Pre & post-show talks

Introductory Lectures →

Inspiring introductory talks about King Lear given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.

Wednesday 23 August 2017
Wednesday 4 October 2017

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £8 (£6 Members/Student)

Theatre Company Q&As →

Theatre company members share their experience of King Lear, the Globe and answer your questions in these post-show Q&A sessions.

Tuesday 16 August 2017
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Time: 15 mins after matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £5 (£4 Members/Student)

Exclusive events for our Members

Meet the Cast →

King Lear cast members share their experience of working at the Globe and backstage secrets in these Q&A sessions.

Thursday 12 October 2017

Time: 15 mins after the matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £3, including a glass of wine/soft drink

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