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King Lear
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 3.25(2)
10 Jun 2023 - 24 Jul 2023
3 hr 10 min inc interval
To be confirmed

Why Watch King Lear ?

  • Watch the epic tragedy of William Shakespeare’s King Lear unfold at the Globe Theatre for a limited season run.
  • King Lear is coming back to London this summer and is brought to life by award-winning director Helena Kaut-Howson.
  • Spouses and Olivier award recipient actor duo Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni star as King Lear and Kent respectively, lending their acting prowess for this magnificent piece of drama.
  • Book your King Lear Shakespeare's Globe tickets now to get a chance to experience the reproduction which took the theatre world by storm 25 years ago.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


Acclaimed theatre director Helena Kaut-Howson reintroduces her trailblazing conceptualization of King Lear a quarter of a century after its first production. The show opens at Shakespeare’s Globe on 10 June in London. So, make haste and book King Lear Shakespeare's Globe tickets now.

Thespian actor Kathryn Hunter repeats her role as King Lear, with her husband Marcello Magni playing the loyal servant Kent. Marcello Magni also acts as the movement director for this innovative reprisal. Michelle Terry, Olivier award-winning actress plays the role of both Cordelia and the Fool.

Kaut-Howson’s production was deemed controversial for the casting decision of a female artist in the titular role of King Lear. The play remains a trendsetter now as it was then and promises to let a new generation of spectators admire the intricacies of the craft of storytelling. Like most plays written by the Bard, this too is often rife with the tragic nature that plagues humanity. Grief, betrayal, humor, love, and loyalty, King Lear has it all.

The Story

The aging King Lear distributes his empire among his three daughters, vowing that the one who appears to love him the most will receive the lion's share. Once he renounces his position, but unfortunately, people he trusts throw him out, sending him on a difficult journey to self and healing.

A family conflict fractures the relationships and the kingdom, compelling the spectators to confront our weakness and the tremendous need for empathy.

Get King Lear Shakespeare's Globe tickets now and find the best seats in the Globe to watch the life of an extraordinary, albeit dysfunctional family’s patriarch whose decisions create a far-reaching impact.

Show Timings

  • Tuesday - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday - 2:00PM & 7:30 PM
  • Thursday - 2:00PM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday - 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Cast & Crew

  • Lead: Ryan Donaldson as Edmund, Mark Jax as Cornwall, Marianne Oldham as REGAN and Michelle Terry as CORDELIA / FOOL
  • Director: Helena Kaut-Howson
  • Casting: Becky Paris
  • Composer: Claire van Kampen
    -Designer: Pawel Dobrzycki

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • To be confirmed.

King Lear Tickets are available now!

Book your online tickets for King Lear and secure your seats now! Watch this adorable story unfold at the Shakespeare's Globe

Booking Period: From 10 June 2023 - 24 July 2023

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check-in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your King Lear voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

Tickets cannot be refunded, amended or rescheduled.

Shakespeare's Globe

A reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe was built because the former Elizabethan playhouse was destroyed in a fire in 1613. The theatre was first opened to the public in the year 1996 and Jack Shepherd's 'Prologue Production' of The Two Gentlemen of Verona was played.
Shakespeare's Globe stages plays every summer and as its name suggests, it is famous for staging the most popular plays of Shakespeare.

Seating Capacity: 1570

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: The nearest tube station are London Bridge on the Northern line, Blackfriars on the District and Circle Lines, Mansion House on the District and Circle Lines, Southwark on the Jubilee Line and St Paul’s on the Central Line

Bus: 45, 63, 100 (to Blackfriars Bridge); 11, 15, 17, 26 (to Mansion House); 76 (to St Paul’s Cathedral); 344 (from Liverpool Street Station, towards Clapham, on Southwark Bridge Road) and 381, 344 (towards Liverpool Street Station, on Southwark Street) ply to the theatre region

Available Facilities:Wheelchair accessibility, Accessible performances, Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

Accessibility: Shakespeare's Globe strives to make it an amazing experience for people with visual, physical, and auditory impairments.

Outside Food :No outside food or beverage is allowed on the premises without medical reasons.

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What is the opening date for King Lear ?

King Lear opens 10 June 2023 at Shakespeare's Globe.

Who are the main stars of King Lear ?

Star performing in King Lear are Ryan Donaldson as Edmund, Mark Jax as Cornwall, Marianne Oldham as REGAN and Michelle Terry as CORDELIA / FOOL

What age is King Lear appropriate for?

King Lear age recommendation is yet to be determined

Where is King Lear playing on West End?

King Lear is playing at Shakespeare's Globe and opens on 10 June 2023.

Do I need to purchase a King Lear ticket for my child?

If your child is above the age of 5, you do need to purchase a King Lear ticket for your child

Are there discounted King Lear Tickets available for kids?

Generally, children above 5 years are expected to pay full price for a West End theatre ticket. However, Kids Week, which is an annual event during the summer, lets you purchase theatre tickets for children under 16 at half price as long as they are accompanied by two adults.

How long does King Lear run for?

The running time of King Lear is yet to be confirmed

What is the dress code while attending King Lear ?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi casuals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending King Lear ?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending King Lear . Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at King Lear ?

Shakespeare's Globe has multiple facilities including Wheelchair accessibility, Accessible performances, Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, for the audiences during the King Lear

Can I take pictures or videos of King Lear inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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