Shakespeare’s King Lear, at the Globe Theatre

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King Lear

Director: Nancy Meckler; Written by: William Shakespeare

The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of King Lear -- one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

Lear is an ageing monarch in a divided kingdom, so he decides to share it out between his three beloved daughters. But when he asks them to profess their love for him, only two of them are willing to shower the elderly king with flattering platitudes. His third daughter simply suggests that she loves him like any daughter should, and he casts her out of his kingdom for wounding his pride.

Bad move.

His two flattering daughters quickly reveal their true feelings and force him from power, and the increasingly impotent and frail king descends into madness.

Note: the Globe's theatre season runs from April to October. Craig has been to watch a play at the Globe himself and thoroughly recommends it because it's not like any other theatre you've ever seen -- it's all open-air, for a start, and it has a standing area in the middle (called 'The Yard'). The actors sometimes parade through this yard during the scenes, and end up involving the crowd as if they were part of the cast. Read Craig's review of watching a play at the Globe before you go, so you can get a feeling for what it's like inside (it's good!).

You might like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare plays in London as well.

 

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