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Thursday 10 August – Saturday 14 October 2017

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TicketsYard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre Running timeApprox. 3 hours 5 mins including an interval

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William Shakespeare 

Nancy Meckler 

Rosanna Vize

Simon Slater

Movement Director
Shona Morris 

Lighting Designer
Anna Watson 

Sound Designer
Matthew Matt McKenzie

Fight Director
Philip d'Orléans


Emily Bruni

Louisa Beadel
Ensemble / Musician

Burt Caesar

Ralph Davis

Joshua James

Kevin R McNally

Chris Nayak

Loren O’Dair

Thomas Padden

Saskia Reeves

Sirine Saba

Faz Singhateh

Kenton Thomas

Buom Tihngang

Anjana Vasan

View the cast headshots on the blog →

Please note: this production has now closed.

‘Love, and be silent’


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.


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.

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A Unique Production

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 15 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)

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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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King Lear: Live in Cinemas

CinemaLive and Shakespeare’s Globe are pleased to announce our first ever live cinema broadcast!

King Lear was broadcast live in over 300 cinemas across the UK & Ireland for one night only on 21 September 2017 at 7.30pm.


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Book a table in our restaurant →

Commence your Globe experience with our Theatre Menu featuring seasonal British dishes, sourced from local suppliers, served in our beautiful restaurant on the second floor, with stunning views of the Thames and St. Paul’s. Also available for post-theatre dining.

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