King Lear

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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)

Times

Friday 10th June - Sunday 24th July 2022

Booking Information

All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. They ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.

Good To Know

All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. They ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.

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Access Information

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Cancellation Policy

1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.

Where Do I Go

Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

Reviews

3.8(16 reviews)
  • L&M

    June 30, 2022

    I'd never bothered with the Globe before even though I'm fairly local.. Now I'm hooked. The atmosphere is phenomenal. Admittedly we had glorious weather and the Lear was amazing but I suspect that it would take a lot to make this a bad experience.

  • Catherine Hoare

    June 29, 2022

    It was utterly fantastic to be back standing in the Globe yard after an enforced absence of 3 years. The atmosphere was electric. I did, however, struggle slightly with this production. Each scene was superb in itself but I found the sub plots difficult to link together - perhaps it was a case of being out of practice with watching live Shakespeare. I look forward to returning to the Globe again later this summer.

  • RosieB

    June 27, 2022

    Fantastic performances by last substitution for missing casts. King Lear was incredible last minute read in.

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