Tickets go on sale for Shakespeare’s Globe summer performance of King Lear
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014
Tickets for the Shakespeare’s Globe production of King Lear at the Georgian Theatre Royal this summer will go on general release 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.
Playing at Richmond’s historic Georgian Theatre Royal from 27 – 30 August, the show will then continue its UK and European tour before making its journey across the pond to the US.
Warnock Kerr, Chief Executive of the Georgian Theatre Royal, is confident that the production will be very popular with theatre audiences. “We are delighted to welcome a company of this magnitude and reputation. Previous productions by the Globe have always sold very quickly and this year’s choice of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works will no doubt add extra appeal.”
King Lear is part of the Georgian Theatre Royal’s forthcoming Autumn Season but this show is being released ahead of this 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 on 01748 825252 or online at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk. There will be evening shows from 27-30 August and additional matinee performances on 28 and 30 August.