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Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!

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The Public Theater presents King Lear, the second show of The Public's free Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte. Featuring John Lithgow as Lear, this enduring tragedy will run through Sunday, August 17. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night after party below!

The complete cast of King Lear features Annette Bening (Goneril); Jeremy Bobb (Oswald); Steven Boyer (Fool); Jessica Collins (Cordelia); Glenn Fleshler (Cornwall); Jessica Hecht (Regan); Slate Holmgren (King of France); Christopher Innvar (Albany); Chukwudi Iwuji (Edgar); John Lithgow (Lear);Clarke Peters (Gloucester); Dale Place (Old Man, Curan); Jay O. Sanders (Kent); and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Edmund). The non-equity ensemble includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II,Andrew Burnap,Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Matt Helm, Dave Klasko, and Phillip Shinn.

Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivandirects Shakespeare's classic drama about a King who loses everything-including his mind-when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return. King Lear has not been seen at Shakespeare in the Park since 1973.

The Public's free Shakespeare in the Park is continuing a 52-year tradition of free theater in Central Park. Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public's free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company's mission to increase access and engage the community.

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Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Annette Bening

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Annette Bening

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Annette Bening

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow and Annette Bening

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jeremy Bobb

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Glenn Fleshler

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Christopher Innvar

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Christopher Innvar

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Christopher Innvar and Glenn Fleshler

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Clarke Peters

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Clarke Peters and Christopher Innvar

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Steven Boyer

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Steven Boyer

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jessica Collins

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jessica Collins

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Eric Sheffer Stevens

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Dale Place

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Dale Place

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Dave Klasko

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Ryan-James Hatanaka

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Slate Holmgren

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Slate Holmgren

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Chukwudi Iwuji

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Steven Boyer

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jay O. Sanders

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Ryan-James Hatanaka

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
John Lithgow and Annette Bening

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Slate Holmgren

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Slate Holmgren

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jessica Collins

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: KING LEAR Company Celebrates Opening Night in the Park!
Andrew Burnap, Shane Zeigler, Dave Klasko

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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