Sebastian Armesto & More to Join Frank Langella in Chichester & BAM's KING LEAR
Further casting is still to be announced.
Frank Langella earned one of his three Tony Awards for his performance as Richard Nixon in the acclaimed production Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse, West End and Broadway). He was also the recipient of an Olivier Award nomination and an Oscar nomination for the same role in the film version. His additional Tonys were for roles in Seascape and Fortune's Fool, as well as three more nominations for Man and Boy, Dracula and Match. His over four decades on Broadway and close to two dozen productions also include, among others, The Father, Present Laughter, A Man for all Seasons and Amadeus.
In 2013/2014 Frank Langella will star in six films including Grace of Monaco opposite Nicole Kidman, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight opposite Christopher Plummer, directed by Stephen Frears, and Draft Day opposite Kevin Costner. Among his 65 films, recent screen credits include the critically acclaimed Robot and Frank, Starting Out In The Evening, Good Night and Good Luck, Dave and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Chichester Associate Angus Jackson directed the 2013 Olivier Award-winning production Goodnight Mister Tom, and has directed two other Festival 2013 productions, If Only and Neville's Island. Jackson's other Chichester credits include The Browning Version (also West End), Bingo (also Young Vic), Wallenstein and Funny Girl. He has also directed Elmina's Kitchen, Fix Up, Rocket to the Moon and The Power of Yes for The National Theatre.
Designer Robert Innes Hopkins renews his collaboration with Jackson following their previous Chichester productions: Goodnight Mister Tom (UK tour and West End), Bingo (also Young Vic) and Wallenstein. Other credits include Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre and West End), The Malcontent and The Comedy of Errors (both RSC), and the National Actors Theatre production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which featured Al Pacino in the title role.
Lighting design is by Peter Mumford whose Chichester credits include Heartbreak House, The Last Confession, The Master and Margarita, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Out of this World, The Seagull, The Gondoliers, Heartbreak House, Easy Virtue and Saturday Sunday...and Monday, The Waltz of The Toreadors, Three Women and a Piano Tuner. Other theatre credits include Top Hat, Absent Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, The Lion in Winter, The Misanthrope, Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof (all for the West End), Cock and The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre and New York), Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre and West End), and National Theatre productions of All's Well That Ends Well, The Hothouse, Exiles and The Bacchae (which won an Olivier Award).
Composer is Isobel Waller-Bridge whose credits include Festival 2013's If Only, Mydidae (Soho Theatre and West End), Blink, The Girl with the Iron Claws, A Woman killed with Kindness and A Christmas Carol (both for The National Theatre).
Sound Design is by Fergus O'Hare whose Chichester credits include Uncle Vanya and The Syndicate; other credits include Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), The Entertainer, Inherit the Wind, Richard II, The Philadelphia Story, Aladdin, Cloaca, Hamlet and The Tempest (all for The Old Vic), Julius Caesar, King Lear, Volpone and The Seagull (all for the RSC), The Merchant of Venice, The Black Album, Translations, Money and An Enemy of the People (all for The National Theatre).
King Lear is sponsored by World of Books.
King Lear will run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from Thursday 31 October - Saturday 30 November 2013. For further details, visit cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.
Tickets for King Lear at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester: Previews (31 October - 5 November)/Press Night: £24.50, Evenings/Matinees: £32. Evenings 7.45pm except Press Night (Friday 8 November, 7.00pm). No evening performance Wednesday 13 November. Midweek matinees Wednesday 13 November 3.00pm, Thursday 28 November 1.00pm. Saturday matinees 2.45pm. For further details, visit cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.