Oct 15 - 23, 2014

Following last season’s buzz-worthy Broadway revivals of Twelfth Night and Richard III, London’s renowned Shakespeare’s Globe returns to ArtsEmerson (Hamlet) with their unique and striking production of King Lear. Led by Joseph Marcell (popularly known for his role as Geoffrey in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), an ensemble of eight actor-musicians play multiple characters and instruments in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, unfolding on an Elizabethan booth-style stage. A story of divided family loyalties, the struggle of aging with grace and a stroke of madness, Lear wrestles with man’s limitations, the forces of Nature and the power of redemption.



Shakespeare’s Globe has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, at the heart of the regeneration of London’s Bankside. Shakespeare’s Globe is a charity and continues to operate without annual government funding.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. Globe Education, directed by Patrick Spottiswoode, is one of the largest arts education departments in the country, and shares its approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare with over 100,000 students a year. Shakespeare’s Globe Tour and Exhibition is open all year round and is the world’s only permanent exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s theatrical career.

Other on-site facilities include the Swan Bar and Brasserie and private entertaining rooms, with stunning views over the River Thames. The Globe Shop sells a wide range of gifts and books, aimed to increase the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare.


  • 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