Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

Following their acclaimed Broadway run, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to New York with an intimate production—honoring the touring method of Shakespeare’s own companies

“This is how Shakespeare was meant to be done.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times on Shakespeare’s Globe

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and generously divide it among his three daughters. Joseph Marcell (celebrated classical actor also known for his role as Geoffrey in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") gives a commanding performance in the definitive title role. With a stellar ensemble of eight masterful actors on a simple stage creating all the characters and performing musical instruments, this remarkable production reinvigorates classic theatricality with the tempestuous poetry of Shakespeare.

Seeking to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Globe is dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education.

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

A lively part of the British theater tradition, King Lear will be performed in the same manner as Shakespeare’s companies would have toured—small troupe, actors inventively doubling roles, and simple storytelling.

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Beyond the Stage

October 3 | 7:00–7:30

Lobby Talk:
Shakespeare On Tour: Staging Lear for Toured Performances

Talk will be held in the lower lobby of NYU Skirball Center. 

Join us before the show for an exclusive Lobby Talk with NYU London Professor Michael Hattaway as he speaks about the touring method of Shakespeare's own companies and the stage conventions used in this production of King Lear. Join us to find out what makes this authentic practice unique to the Globe and gain a new perspective before seeing the show.

Speaker: Michael Hattaway, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Sheffield. 


October 4

Post-Show Q&A

Join us directly after the 2pm performance for a post-show Q&A with company members from King Lear.


October 5 | 12:45–1:45

Panel Discussion:
Shakespeare's Globe Past and Present

Panel will be held onstage prior to the performance. Free for patrons with tickets to this afternoon’s performance

Join us as we hear from local Shakespearean scholars as they discuss the historical development of Shakespeare’s Globe. Looking at past and present productions, our experts will talk about how this production of King Lear honors the touring method of Shakespeare’s companies such as a small troupe; actor’s inventively doubling roles, and the simple storytelling aspect of this production.


Richard McCoy (Moderator) Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Tanya Pollard, Professor of English, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
Sid Ray, Professor of English, Pace University
Katherine Schaap Williams, Assistant Professor of Literature, NYU Abu Dhabi
Will Tosh, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe


OctOBER 10 5:45-6:45  

Panel Discussion:
The Year of Lear

Panel will be held onstage prior to the performance. Free and open to the public

Why King Lear? Why now? Join us in a fascinating pre-show panel discussion on why 2014 is the Year of Lear. Panelists share their insights as to what made these major New York theater companies, and so many others, decide to produce Lear now and why Lear is so relevant to us today.


David Gordon(Moderator), Staff Writer,
Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, Theatre for a New Audience
Sharon Lehner, Archivist at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Jay O. Sanders, Actor who played "Kent" in The Public Theater's King Lear


October 11

Post-Show Q&A

Join us directly after the 2pm performance for a post-show Q&A with company members from King Lear.


King Lear and madness
September 30 / 7:00
October 1-2, 7-9 / 7:00
October 3-4, 10-11 / 8:00
October 4, 11 / 2:00
October 5, 12 / 3:00