Text: Playing the Globe King Lear, an actor leans back and punches his fist in the air

Playing the Globe: King Lear Four Day Course

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This online course will start with a virtual tour of the Globe Theatre, led by your Course Director, Joanne Howarth. 

Delivered in four two-hour sessions between 6.00pm and 8.00pm from 22 – 25 September, this course offers a chance to explore Shakespeare’s King Lear, considering its performance on the stage it was written for. We will work together, online, on scenes and speeches with rehearsal tools, games and exercises to explore the potential of The Globe as a performance space, and what it teaches the actor about Shakespeare’s text. 

Before the course, participants will need to read or re-read King Lear and be especially familiar with Act 2, scene 4 from line 184 and Act 4 scene 6. Please could you also select 2 speeches (Max 20 lines, any gender) from anywhere in the play, of which you will work on one through the week. This course is suitable for you if it’s your first Studio session, or if you are looking to extend your training with us.

You will be working with Joanne Howarth. Joanne was recruited to Shakespeare’s Globe by founder Sam Wanamaker where she has since worked regularly as an actor, director, practitioner and Higher Education consultant. She directed the pioneering Globe Education/Deutsche Bank productions from 2005 to 2008. Her acting credits for the Globe include Nell Gwynn and an international tour of Much Ado About Nothing.


Your ticket is valid for one individual to join the online course on one device.

You cannot book this course unless you have registered with The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe and the ticket must be booked by the individual who will be participating in the course.

You will be sent a pre-visit email one week before the event with advice on how to prepare. If you have booked within a week of the course starting, this email will be sent the day after your booking.

A  second pre-visit email with a unique link and joining instructions will be sent to you the day of the event. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and to be able to join a Zoom meeting.

Please ensure you arrive a couple of minutes in advance of the start time. The Zoom meeting will be locked after 10 minutes and latecomers will not be admitted.

No recording or photography will be permitted throughout the session.

Our staff retain the right to terminate any participant’s connection to the Zoom meeting if our Ticket terms and Community guidelines are not followed.


Price: £160

Please purchase one ticket per individual.

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online

4–day course, 6.00pm – 8.00pm: Tue 22 / Wed 23 / Thu 24 / Fri 25

Session duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 12 individuals per session

To book into this 4–day course you need to be a professional actor registered with The Studio


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