Shakespeare’s Globe Presents King Lear on tour at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Friday, Jul 4, 2014
The Globe’s award-winning small-scale touring programme returns to the road in 2014 with our acclaimed production of King Lear. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the title role will be played by Joseph Marcell, best known as Geoffrey in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and last at the Globe in the 2011 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
King Lear will be performed at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond from 27 – 30 August with both evening and matinee shows during this period.
Old King Lear proposes to give up his crown and divide his kingdom between his three daughters - but his rash generosity is cruelly repaid. Lear discovers too late the falsity of the values by which he has lived, and is ultimately plunged into despair and madness. Its tempestuous poetry shot through with moments of humour and heart-rending simplicity, King Lear is a profound exploration of the human condition in all its extremes and complexity.
Director Bill Buckhurst is well-known at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has recently directed Hamlet with Dominic Dromgoole, Omeros by Derek Walcott, starring Joseph Marcell and played Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors. In Globe Education’s annual Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank series, he has played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (2007 and 2008) and has directed Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Using an Elizabethan style booth stage – inspired by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time, when touring was prevalent – eight actors will visit beautiful and inspiring settings across the UK, Europe and the US with this scaled-down production.