About King Lear

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.

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.

‘The oldest hath borne most: we that are young 

Shall never see so much, nor live so long’

(Act V, scene 3)

Important COVID-19 information

Mask

Unless eating or drinking, all guests are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue.

Performance dates & times

You can book from 29-Jun-2022 to 24-Jul-2022.

Mon
  • -
Tue
  • 19:30
Wed
  • 19:30
Thu
  • 19:30
Fri
  • 19:30
Sat
  • 14:00
  • 19:30
Sun
  • 13:00

Important Information

Important COVID-19 information

Mask

Unless eating or drinking, all guests are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.

Where is the theatre?

21 New Globe Walk Bankside SE1 9DT
  • Nearest Bus stop:
  • Parking:
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  • Nearest Tube: Northern, Jubilee
  • Directions:

    Exit the station, following signs for the River Thames/South Bank. As you reach the river, head west and the Globe is by the Tate Modern on the south side of the river. 

  • Nearest Station: London Bridge