Shakespeare's Globe Brings King Lear, Starring Joseph Marcell, to NYU Skirball Center

News   Shakespeare's Globe Brings King Lear, Starring Joseph Marcell, to NYU Skirball Center
Shakespeare's Globe production of King Lear, featuring Joseph Marcell as the titular king, plays the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with performances beginning Sept. 30 prior to an official opening Oct. 1.

Joseph Marcell
Joseph Marcell

Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the production of Shakespeare's tragedy comes to New York following performances in the U.K., Europe and Asia. It continues through Oct. 12.

The cast includes Gwendolen Chatfield, Bethan Cullinane, Alex Mugnaioni, Bill Nash, Daniel Pirrie, Shanaya Rafaat and John Stahal performing on an Elizabethan-style booth stage. The delivery of the verse and the interaction with the audience will derive from a traditional Globe approach.

"Old King Lear proposes to give up his crown and divide his kingdom between his three daughters but his rash generosity is cruelly repaid," press notes state. "Lear discovers too late the falsity of the values by which he has lived, and is ultimately plunged into despair and madness. Its tempestuous poetry shot through with moments of humor and heart-rending simplicity, King Lear is a profound exploration of the human condition in all its extremes and complexity."

Marcell has previously performed at the Globe in Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus. His Broadway credits include A Free Man of Color and Sherlock Holmes, and his TV credits include "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "EastEnders."

"While Shakespeare's Globe has about 400 years on NYU Skirball Center, we are thrilled to present one of the UK's most historical and prestigious theatre companies, and look forward to future collaborations," executive director Michael Harrington said in a previous statement. "We are also excited about being part of this 'Year of Lear' and to joining our colleagues at BAM, Theatre for a New Audience, and The Public in exploring the diversity of perspectives for one of Shakespeare's most complex characters." The production features scenic and costume designs by Jonathan Fensom and music composed by Alex Silverman.

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square.

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