Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and generously divide it among his three daughters. Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) gives a commanding performance in the definitive title role. With a stellar ensemble of eight masterful actors on a simple stage creating all the characters and performing musical instruments, this remarkable production reinvigorates classic theatricality with the tempestuous poetry of Shakespeare.
Seeking to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Globe is dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education.
A lively part of the British theater tradition, King Lear will be performed in the same manner as Shakespeare's companies would have toured—small troupe, actors inventively doubling roles, and simple storytelling.