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About King Lear | Globe

A family feud tears apart a kingdom in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy King Lear in the Globe Theatre this Summer.

When the aged King relinquishes his empire, he divides it amongst his three daughters, promising the largest share to the one who professes to love him the most. But when the balance of power transfers to the next generation, Lear is cast out by those he trusts, embarking on a maddening quest for self-knowledge and reconciliation.

A nightmarish family drama of global proportions, King Lear forces us to face our own humanity and the profound need for compassion.

Twenty-five years after their original, ground-breaking production, internationally lauded director, Helena Kaut-Howson, co-founder of theatre company Complicité, Marcello Magni, and ‘one of the greatest stage actors alive’ (Vanity Fair), Kathryn Hunter reunite to bring King Lear to a new generation. Kathryn reclaims the title role, with the Globe’s Artistic Director Michelle Terry as Cordelia and the Fool.

‘The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long’
Act V, scene 3

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Don’t miss Kathryn Hunter in King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2022. Book King Lear tickets in London on TodayTix.

King Lear is perhaps one of Shakespeare’s most-often performed plays. King Lear follows an elderly king who divides his empire between his three daughters. All is well until Lear declares the largest share will be given to the person who loves him the most, and chaos ensues. Cue arguments, debates and plenty of struggles in this family drama of epic proportions. At the same time, Lear loses trust in everyone around him, and inevitably loses himself in the process.

In a time of everchanging identities and belonging, King Lear in London will allow audiences to face the state of the world they live in today.

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What to Watch For

  • Kathryn Hunter will play the title role in the King Lear play. She first took on the role in 1997 and was highly praised for her groundbreaking, shape-shifting performance.
  • King Lear in London reunites Hunter with Complicité co-founder Helena Kaut-Howson, and Marcello Magni.
  • Even the Shakespeare’s Globe personnel are involved in King Lear. Globe artistic director Michelle Terry will star in King Lear.
  • King Lear is staged as part of Shakespeare’s Globe 25th-anniversary season. The theatre opened in 1997 thanks to Sam Wanamaker’s monumental efforts; the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is named in his honour.
Run time

Approx 3 hours including interval.

Start date

June 10th, 2022

End date

July 24th, 2022

Genre

Play

Venue

Globe Theatre

Age

We do not have age limits on our production. Some of Shakespeare’s Plays explore scenes which some children may find upsetting.

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