The Globe brings Tragic Lear to Theatre Royal...
Corruption, deceit, bloodshed and tragedy can only mean one thing - Shakespeare is in town; the prestigious Globe Theatre are coming to the Theatre Royal with their touring production of the Bard’s beautiful play, King Lear from 8th - 12th July.
Tired of the burden of royal duties, King Lear decides to bequeath his kingdom to the child that loves him most. This rash generosity poses a clear challenge to his three daughters, who become locked in a bitter rivalry to deceive their father and protest their ardent affection. His rash generosity is cruelly repaid when Lear discovers, too late, the false values by which he has lived – and in turn the suffering common to all humanity.
Starring Joseph Marcell, best known as sardonic butler, Geoffrey, in classic ‘90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Marcell stuns as Old King Lear in this poignant production. Far removed from the sarcastic one-liners synonymous with his TV persona, Marcell now masters the most beautifully crafted monologues in the English language, in a play renowned for its unrelenting exploration into the human condition. In his previous roles in The Globe’s Much Ado about Nothing (2011) and Coriolanus (2006), Marcel has proved that he is most at home portraying the alienation of Shakespeare’s protagonists.
This classic play follows The Globe’s visit to the Theatre Royal in previous years with (amongst others) The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. This production showcases the diverse talents of a triumphant actor, making The Globe’s King Lear the perfect production to unite audiences of all ages.
For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org .