King Lear (London)
Closed 3h 20m
King Lear (London)
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King Lear (London) London Reviews and Tickets

76%
(10 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
20%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful

About the Show

Kathryn Hunter reprises her role in Shakespeare's tragedy about an ill-fated monarch.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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52 Reviews | 1 Follower
78
Not globe worthy

See it if If you’re just in London visiting for a few days to see a play in the Globe.

Don't see it if I wouldn’t see this if this would be seeing your first Lear — as this is the apex of Shakespeare, or in other words, of Art itself. Read more

38 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want your mind blown by Kathryn Hunter's ridiculously incredible performance as Lear that is embodied

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare's epics

22 Reviews | 1 Follower
74
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of Shakespeare and literature and don't mind long dialogues.

Don't see it if You your English is weak or you don't like long dialogues and a bit archaic language

36 Reviews | 0 Followers
65
Moving, Clever

See it if you know this play and enjoy Shakespeare being adapted.

Don't see it if you don’t know anything about Shakespearean language or this play.

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
61
Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Kathryn Hunter giving a great performance as Lear with a masterful physicality and connection to the piece.

Don't see it if you want a Shakespeare production that's enthralling. Hunter is the highlight however the production as a whole does not get that level.

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
73
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you get to see the incredible Kathrine Hunter in the role.

Don't see it if you don’t like shakespeare.

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
86
Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy emotional acting that takes your breath away, tales of power and madness, and subtle costumes. A must-see for Shakespeare fans.

Don't see it if You want a feel-good show, King Lear is a tragedy. The play is speech-driven, so if you like action and moving sets, move along.

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
81
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You love Lear and you want to see some A+ acting, most notably by Michelle Terry as both Cordella and Lear's Fool (in my opinion).

Don't see it if You really don't understand the story and what Lear is about at all. It get's complicated.

Critic Reviews (6)

London Theatre
July 4th, 2022

"Amid an age when human discourse seems to debase itself further by the day, you’d think this would be the ideal time to revisit a play that induces a knowing assent at the assertion after the interval that 'wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile' – how true that comment, made apparently in passing, seems just now."
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The Times (UK)
June 20th, 2022

There is not a false moment in Kathryn Hunter’s performance as King Lear. Coming 25 years after she first played the role ... this magnetic performer has lost none of her [power]. [It] makes for an interesting, distinctive evening, but a long way short of a great one.
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The Stage (UK)
June 20th, 2022

The most striking thing about this production of King Lear ... is the physical transformation of Kathryn Hunter in the title role. However ... the production comes over as rather uneven, and Hunter’s performance a bit of a curate’s egg.
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The Arts Desk
June 20th, 2022

Minimal effects mean the performances and language are allowed to do the heavy-lifting. Beyond Hunter’s resonant central performance, Ryan Donaldson’s Edmund stands out.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 18th, 2022

It’s [Hunter's] prodigiously powerful stage presence, masculine body language and stentorian voice ... that anchors this rendition ... Even so, the production that has been built around her is ... unfortunately patchy and thematically rudderless.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 19th, 2022

Hunter takes her place, with Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield (on film), and Glenda Jackson among the Lears seared in my mind.
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