Shakespeare's Globe on the road

Date Posted: 18/03/2013

Shakespeare’s Globe is taking new productions of King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew on the road this summer, as part of its award-winning small-scale touring programme.

Both small troupes of actors will perform on a traditional booth stage – inspired by Elizabethan paintings and etchings – at castles, country houses, churches and theatres around the world.

King Lear

Joseph Marcell (best known as Geoffrey in the hit US sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) will take on the role of Lear.

Joseph has worked extensively with Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

King Lear will be performed at 16 venues across the UK and Europe, including the Elizabethan Parham House and Kronborg Castle in Denmark, immortalised as ‘Elsinore’ in Hamlet.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew will be performed with an all-female cast, as it was in the play’s inaugural performance at the Globe in 2003.

The tour will conclude with four nights in Hong Kong and ten nights in Singapore – the first foray into Asia for a Globe theatre tour.

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