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Oct 15 - 23, 2014


REVIEW - The Washington Post

“Well-played”
”More than worthwhile”

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REVIEW - Broadway World

“Marcell is a Lear to remember”
“You will never forget these performances”

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REVIEW - DC Theatre Scene

“A King Lear for our times”
“Marcell’s Lear is one to whom, as another great playwright put it, attention must be paid”

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REVIEW - MD Theatre Guide

“Powerful”
“A marvel”
“Joseph Marcell… goes all out for this production”

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REVIEW - The Freelance Star

“Pure theatrical magic”
“A majestic Lear”
“The intensity [Marcell] brings to his character is astounding”
Thoroughly engaging from start to finish”

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REVIEW - Fringe Review

“Fine, clear acting”
“Excellent theatre”

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REVIEW - AM New York

“Refreshing”

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REVIEW - Boston Event Insider

“Strong acting delivers an engaging and emotional drama
Joseph Marcell is outstanding as Lear, veering from kingly grandeur to rage and then madness”
“The acting is on point”
“A fabulous production that gives you... the true experience of making art out of next to nothing”

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REVIEW - WGBH, Jared Bowen

“I have not stopped thinking about it”
“Marcell is fantastic”
“Many of the themes had not resonated with me until this production”

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REVIEW - Bristol Post

“Beguiling”
“Absorbing”

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REVIEW - Phindie.com

“You can’t help but fall for the energy of this Lear
“Joseph Marcell gives a playful, understated majesty to his Lear”

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REVIEW - Broad Street Review

“A powerful performance”
“Electric”
“Joseph Marcell is stunning as Lear”

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REVIEW - Neal’s Paper

“Excitingly accessible”
“The perfect production for introducing young people to the glory and scope of Shakespeare”
“Entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable”
“A Lear of piercing clarity and unflagging vivacity”

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REVIEW - New Jersey Newsroom

“Remarkable”
“The performances are crisply-spoken and vigorous”
“Is certainly a King Lear that I will happily remember”

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REVIEW - Portsmouth News UK

“Stunning”
“Heart-breaking stuff”

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REVIEW - Cambridge News

“The acting is faultless”
“Ingenious”
“Leaves you awe-struck”
“Magnificent”
“No other production of Shakespeare will ever compete”
King Lear is so stunning, it’s hard to hold it all in your head”

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REVIEW - WBUR's The Artery

“The acting is broad, the diction is superb, the entertainment values high”
“Entertaining and accessible”

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REVIEW - White Rhino Report

“Marcell’s portrayal of the doddering king is a tour de force”
“Flawless delivery of the text”
“Delight your eyes, ears, mind and soul”
“An evening that you will not soon forget”

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Info

  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Created by: Shakespeare's Globe 
  • Starring: Joseph Marcell
  • Directed by: Bill Buckhurst
  • Series: Legends
  • Ages: All Ages 
  • Running Time: 3 hours with one intermission