King Lear, Globe Theatre

King Lear tickets at the Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Shakespeare’s epic tragedy starring Kathryn Hunter

Twenty-five years after their original, ground-breaking production, internationally lauded director, Helena Kaut-Howson, co-founder of theatre company Complicité, Marcello Magni, and ‘one of the greatest stage actors alive’ (Vanity Fair), Kathryn Hunter reunite to bring King Lear to a new generation. Kathryn reclaims the title role, with the Globe’s Artistic Director Michelle Terry as Cordelia and the Fool.

King Lear is booking from 10 June 2022 until 24 July 2022 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

What is King Lear about?

A family feud tears apart a kingdom in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy King Lear, in the Globe Theatre this Summer.

When the aged King relinquishes his empire, he divides it amongst his three daughters, promising the largest share to the one who professes to love him the most. But when the balance of power transfers to the next generation, Lear is cast out by those he trusts, embarking on a maddening quest for self-knowledge and reconciliation.

A nightmarish family drama of global proportions, King Lear forces us to face our own humanity and the profound need for compassion.

Who is in the cast of King Lear?

Kathryn Hunter leads the cast in the title role alongside Michelle Terry as Cordelia / Fool and Marcello Magni as Kent. Joining them are Gabriel Akuwudike, Ryan Donaldson, Emma Ernest, Mark Jax, Max Keeble, Diego Matamoros, Kwaku Mills, Ann Ogbomo, Marianne Oldham and Glyn Pritchard.

Creative team

Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson with design by Pawel Dobrzycki and movement direction by Marcello Magni.

Reviews of King Lear

Reviews for King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe coming soon.

Show Information

Age restrictions
To be confirmed
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
10 June 2022 - 24 July 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Important Notes

Important COVID entry requirements

When attending a performance at one of the Globe's theatres, you will be asked to arrive and queue at either the main foyer on New Globe Walk or the Groundling Gates on Bankside (opposite the river) at a specified time slot.
Instructions for where you should go and your time slot will be on your e-tickets and sent to you in a pre-visit email. On arrival you will be asked to do a temperature check before entering the building.
The venue is contactless. When you arrive, show your booking reference on a device. The Globe will only accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Cash not accepted.
For the health and well-being of our performers, audiences and staff, we ask that you continue to wear a face covering in our buildings and theatres, unless you are unable to do so due to age or health reasons or when eating and drinking.
We also ask all audiences members to take a lateral flow test before visiting. Please do not attend if you have symptoms or a positive test result.
The Globe encourages a 1.5m social distance between people at all times – this will be enforced by staff and by visible floor markers.
Please follow any one-way or other directional signage that the Globe has put in place for your safety.
The Globe has hand sanitiser stations located across the site. There will also be enhanced cleaning, including toilets.

Venue Information

Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Jubilee line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 45, 63, 100, 15, 17, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, 381 , RV1, 344
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