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King Lear

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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)

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Cancellation Policy

1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.

Good To Know

All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. They ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.


Friday 10th June - Sunday 24th July 2022

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Latest customer reviews

  • Just excellent

    3 July 2022

    Kathryn hunter great portrayal of the aging King , all performances excellent . Live threstre in the globe a gem .Will be back

    Mary Thompson Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 3 July 2022

    We booked because it was Kathryn Hunter, whom we both respect as an actor and director - and we weren’t disappointed! Cordelia (a part that can quite often be insipid) paired with The Fool was superb - I was wondering how Lear was going to carry her on at the end - thank goodness there was a choice of wheeled props! Very strong performances all round (including the appearance of bat - what a star!)

    April Chaplin Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Brilliant adaptation and performance

    3 July 2022

    Was truly a great performance from all. Was engaging and gripping. First time seeing King Lear and was an absolute treat. Would also like to commend the actor filling in at last minute playing the Harold. Did a fantastic job!!! Would very much go again to the Globe, staff helpful and informative, and easy to find if needed.

    Bartholomew Harvey Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • An unmissable experience

    3 July 2022

    We very much enjoyed our visit. We loved the relaxed atmosphere. An incredible performance, particularly by King Lear herself.

    We were in the yard. It was great to be able to get so close to the performance though it did become tiring after a while.Paula Confirmed ticket purchaser