21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

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King Lear

June 10 - July 24, 2022

The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long

Act V, scene 3

Why See King Lear?


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Shakespeare's infamous 'mad king' who tested his three daughters' devotion returns in this new production starring Kathyrn Hunter as the beleaguered monarch, opposite Artistic Director Michelle Terry as Cordelia and The Fool. A tragedy of epic proportions, Lear paints a portrait of a horrifying family dynamic, with wide-ranging consequences.

What is the story?

Infirm and considered mad, King Lear wishes to pass on his Kingdom to his three daughters and decides that each shall receive a portion based on their love for him. However, his youngest and favourite daughter, Cordelia, is upset by this barbaric method and remains silent. Outraged at her refusal to participate, King Lear immediately banishes her, leaving his other two daughters to inherit his fortune - an action that ultimately leads to his downfall.

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Opening night: 10 June 2022


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Not yet announced


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Next available performances

Fri, Jun 10


Sat, Jun 11


Sun, Jun 12


Mon, Jun 13



Tue, Jun 14


Wed, Jun 15


Thu, Jun 16


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