Tickets for the Shakespeare's Globe production of King Lear this summer will go on general sale on Tuesday 1 April.
Known as Shakespeare's ultimate tragedy and performed by this world-renowned company, King Lear is likely to be one of the 'must-see' theatre events in the region this year.
It will play at the Georgian Theatre Royal from 27th - 30th August with four evening performances and two matinees, before continuing on its tour of the UK, Europe and US. The show is part of the forthcoming Autumn season but is being released ahead of the rest of the programme to give people the opportunity to make early bookings.
In the play, old King Lear - weary of royal duties – proposes to give up his crown and divide his kingdom between his two daughters. But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived and is ultimately plunged into despair and madness. With tempestuous poetry shot through with moments of humour and heart-rending simplicity, this is a work that is a profound exploration of the human condition in all its extremes and complexities.
Joseph Marcell will play the role of the turbulent king. He is best-known for his role as Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has previously performed at the Globe in Much Ado About Nothing (2011) and Coriolanus (2006).
Director Bill Bruckhurst is also well-known at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has previously directed Hamlet, played by Dominic Dromgoole. Using an Elizabethan-style booth stage – inspired by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time when touring was prevalent – the eight-strong cast will double up roles in this fast-paced adaptation and promise to break boundaries between the stage and the audience.
Reviews of King Lear
“I fear no other production of Shakespeare will ever compete.” Cambridge News
“Excellent theatre and wonderfully performed.” Fringe Review
“Joseph Marcell is a lithe and magnificent King Lear.” Hunts Post. Tickets cost from £10 to £25 and are available from the Box Office from 1 April on 01748 825252 or online.