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King Lear tickets

Kathryn Hunter reclaims her crown

Acclaimed stage actress Kathryn Hunter and director Helena Kaut-Howson bring King Lear to a brand new generation at Shakespeare’s Globe, 25 years after their ground-breaking production premiered in London.

Shakespeare’s towering tragedy is the story of an ailing king who divides his empire between his three daughters. The largest share is to go to whichever declares to love him the most - but when his youngest, favourite daughter Cordelia refuses to play along, he banishes her. Lear soon finds himself cast out and taken advantage of by those he trusted most in this profound story of humanity, power and compassion.

Kathyrn Hunter stars as Lear, a role she first played in 1997 in Kaut-Howsen’s original production. Hunter was the first British woman to play King Lear on the professional stage, and has since appeared in the titles roles of Richard III and Timon of Athens.

The King Lear cast includes Shakespeare’s Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry in the dual role of Cordelia/Fool, Ann Ogbomo as Goneril, Marianne Oldham as Regan, Kwaku Mills as Edgar and Ryan Donaldson as Edmund.

Experience a powerful, game changing performance of Shakespeare’s epic family drama with King Lear tickets this summer.

Performance dates: 23 Jul 2022 - 24 Jul 2022

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: TBC

Special notice: This production features violence, stage blood and weapons, smoke, loud noises and flame effects, depictions of murder and themes of suicide

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Latest audience reviews

Great performances but not a whole lot of clarity about some of Lear's decisions. Well worth watching... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Jun 2022

Great performances but not a whole lot of clarity about some of Lear's decisions. Well worth watching though and it finishes with a wonderful jig. How the actors have the strength to do that after over 3 hours, is a mystery...

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Jun 2022

A difficult Shakespeare play to get right, but the Globe do a splendid job. It is long and wordy and... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

A difficult Shakespeare play to get right, but the Globe do a splendid job. It is long and wordy and not every line is easily understandable, but there is no difficult in understanding what is going on. Still in previews, worth going again to catch some nuances that might have been missed on first view.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

Fabulous cast for this Michelle Terry double as both Cordelia and the fool. This production cuggs along... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

Fabulous cast for this Michelle Terry double as both Cordelia and the fool. This production cuggs along at a good pace but even then it is nearly three and a half hours long. Some really good performances and a show well worth seeing.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

Still very early in the run, but already very good - well worth seeing. Possibly, the most vulnerable... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

Still very early in the run, but already very good - well worth seeing. Possibly, the most vulnerable Lear I have ever seen in Kathryn Hunter, which adds a new dimension, and she gives a mammoth performance.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer12 Jun 2022

Not the best King Lear ever, but pretty good and some truly exceptional performances. Only on for 6 weeks... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Jun 2022

Not the best King Lear ever, but pretty good and some truly exceptional performances. Only on for 6 weeks - must be seen.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Jun 2022

A great King Lear

garethc3 03 Aug 2022
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