King Lear

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King Lear (Jospeh Marcell)

Two productions of Shakespeare's wild tragedy at the Globe this season: Belarus Free Theatre's returning 2012 version at the end of the season, and at the start, this, a stripped down production from director Bill Buckhurst that will head out on national tour after this brief run at its parent theatre.

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Lenny

What an enjoyable and compelling production this is. Making the most of the comedy to counterpoint the heartbreaking tragedy, I was really drawn in - at one point laughing, the next finding myself surprised that I was becoming quite emotional. Fine performances all round, marred only slightly by the passing of aeroplanes overhead. Oliver Boot particularly stood out as Edmund, capturing the character's complexity, charm, and scheming nature. Oliver also played Oswald and the King of France, having to switch into these characters rapidly - he was both competent and believable, with oodles of charisma and great dramatic and comedic timing. I genuinely believable that he is one of the finest actors of his generation. Inspiring performances also from Bethan Cullinane (Cordelia/Fool - adding much well delivered humour as the Fool), Joseph Marcell (King Lear - portraying King Lear's desire to enjoy his kingship without fulfilling its obligations and then his descent into madness with incredible lustre), Rawiri Paratene (Duke of Gloucester/Duke of Albany - perfectly capturing Gloucester's gentle and emotional nature), Matthew Romain (Edgar/Duke of Cornwall/Duke of Burgundy - great scenes of madness as Poor Tom), and Dickon Tyrell (Earl of Kent - a strong and honest performance of a strong, honest, and fundamentally good character). Another point worth mentioning is that this is a travelling show and one really gets a sense of that with this production - it is a play for the people and draws you in with consequent ease. I would highly recommend this play to anyone who has the chance to see it and I would be so bold as to say that I would highly recommend anything that these actors appear in, especially Oliver Boot. (I copied the cast list from: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/globe-theatre/king-lear-2013).