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King Lear

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The season at Shakespeare's Globe opens with the bard's epic tragedy Read More >

Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole directs David Calder in the title role of King Lear.

Weary of his royal duties, old King Lear decides to break up his kingdom, divide it among his three daughters and present the largest part to the one who loves him most. His two eldest daughters profess their love extravagantly, but young Cordelia refuses to flatter him. Enraged, he banishes her to France. But soon he comes to realise, too late, the false values by which he has lived and the suffering common to all humanity.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 23/04/2008

Opening Night: 02/05/2008

Closing Night: 17/08/2008

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Ben Bishop, Sally Bretton, Kellie Bright, David Calder, Paul Copley, Kurt Egyiwan, Trystan Gravelle, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Daniel Hawksford, Fraser James, Danny Lee Wynter, Paul Lloyd, Kevork Malikyan, Jodie McNee, Joseph Mydell, Ashley Rolfe, Beru Tessema


Director - Dominic Dromgoole

Producer - Shakespeare's Globe

Designer - Jonathan Fensom

Author - William Shakespeare