Stage and screen star, Kevin McNally is to take the title role in the Shakespeare’s Globe production of King Lear, playing on Bankside, this summer.
Kevin is best known for his role as Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. His other screen credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity and the BBC’s Fleabag.
On stage, he played Claudius in Michael Grandage’s Hamlet in the West End and on Broadway, David Bliss in Howard Davies’ Hay Fever in the West End, and Alan Bennett in Nick Hytner’s original production of The Lady in the Van.
King Lear will be directed by Nancy Meckler, the founder and former artistic director of renowned theatre company Shared Experience.
Her numerous productions for them include the award-winning Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae and Orestes.
She has also directed at major venues including the RSC, Royal Court and Almeida, and is a former associate director of Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Haymarket.
Meckler became the first woman to direct a major production at the National Theatre, with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
King Lear is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart.
King Lear runs, in repertoire, at The Globe Theatre from August 10-October 14.