'The prince of darkness is a gentleman!'

King Lear's tempestuous poetry is touched with 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 over 20 years and with numerous credits including the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, Nancy Meckler brings her charismatic style to the Globe for the first time.

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 realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity.

Running time: 170 mins

Cast

Goneril:
Emily Bruni

Ensemble / Musician:
Louisa Beadel

Gloucester:
Burt Caesar

Edmund:
Ralph Davis

Edgar:
Joshua James

Lear:
Kevin R McNally

Oswald:
Chris Nayak

Fool:
Loren O’Dair

Albany:
Thomas Padden

Kent:
Saskia Reeves

Regan:
Sirine Saba

Cornwall:
Faz Singhateh

Ensemble:
Kenton Thomas

France:
Buom Tihngang

Creatives

Director:
Nancy Meckler

Designer:
Rosanna Vize

Movement Director:
Shona Morris

Composer:
Simon Slater

Lighting Designer:
Anna Watson

Sound Designer:
Matthew Matt McKenzie

Fight Director:
Philip D'Orleans