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Opens February 28, 2019

a ferocious, unflinching performance that transcends gender and puts her among the best Lears

The Guardian on Jackson's London Lear

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Glenda Jackson wastes no time in her continued conquering of the Great White Way after her noted three-decade absence to pursue a political career, an experience she may find indispensable as she prepares to reprise her much-acclaimed role as Shakespeare's ill-fated Royal in the Broadway transfer of this production from London's Old Vic Theatre.

A 2018 Tony-winner for her turn in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Jackson is consistently a magnetic force on the stage. Of this exciting new production she stated: "Performing King Lear in London was a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but this is a role you continue to work on and to make new discoveries. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the role anew, and look forward to the challenge of performing it on Broadway."


When the aging Lear finally decides to retire from rule and divide his kingdom among his three daughters, what he imagined to be a straightforward process is thrown into complete anarchy, as his grasping family all conspire to drive him out of his mind. Consumed by the fierce storm of treachery, Lear finds that his life hangs in the balance and embarks on a perilous journey to save his soul from damnation. What is a king to do as the vultures circle?

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Previews from: 28 February 2019

Opening night: 4 April 2019


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

TBA, No intermission

Cast and Creative


Glenda Jackson as King Lear
Elizabeth Marvel as Goneril
Jayne Houdyshell as the Earl of Gloucester
Ruth Wilson as Cordelia and the Fool
Aisling O'Sullivan as Regan
Pedro Pascal Edmund
John Douglas as Earl of Kent
Sean Caraval as Edgar
Dion Johnstone as Duke of Albany
Russel Harvard as Duke of Cornwall
Matthew Maher as Oswald


Directed by Sam Gold
Composed by Phillip Glass

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