King Lear
Drama

Shakespeare's Globe

King Lear

10 Aug 2017 - 14 Oct 2017

£5.00 - £45.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

2.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he makes a decision to divide his kingdom among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute.

Shakespeare’s tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart.

(Midnight Matinee: Friday 30 June, 11.59pm)

Shakespeare's Globe [West End]

“The play’s the king – and as Lears go, Kevin R McNally is a bit of a find... a rare quality of fragility.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“One of the funniest Lears I've seen, and the roundly talented cast must take equal credit for this.”

Lucinda Everett (What's On Stage, Telegraph)

“Uncomplicated. It lacks real emotional depth, and the delight in Shakespeare’s morbid jokes is sometimes distracting.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“A solid production, but a couple of cool drumming sequences aside it lacks the pizzazz to harness the space... Restrained.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Refreshingly un-starry... McNally is every inch the team player in a warmly egalitarian production... Well grounded.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“James is particularly good as Edgar... McNally: a naked emotional spontaneity... Not a great production but an honourable one.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“While Nancy Meckler’s production is sober, chaste and decently spoken, it never fully capitalises on its central conceit.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“McNally gives a solid, subtle performance... A very decent King Lear, clear and precise, with nothing in excess.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Meckler’s staging is clear, swift and compelling, though held back by lack of nuance in places... McNally: a good, subtle Lear.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A topical fit... A startlingly conventional production... Doesn’t quite add up to a coherent reading.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“McNally looks like a cross between Ernest Hemingway and Captain Birdseye in a serviceable but lacklustre production.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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