Annette Bening in KING LEAR?

ClydeBarrow
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Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 09:48pm
Apparently Annette Bening is in talks to play Goneril in KING LEAR during Shakespeare in the Park. An odd choice since Lithgow is 68 and Bening is 55. I'm not the most familiar with LEAR but Goneril doesn't seem like Bening's age to me.

Anyone with more knowledge of the play have better insight?
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musicalperson17
Understudy
joined:9/2/10
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 10:14pm
As I'd go see her read the phonebook, I think she'd rock this role despite her age. Gonerill is the oldest of the daughters so age might not be too much of an issue. Either way, she's a brilliant actress.
little_sally
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joined:1/15/04
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 10:23pm
Sure, she's supposed to be the oldest daughter but she shouldn't be nearly the same age as Lear. Also, who would they cast as Cordelia, who is supposed to be very young?
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Borstalboy
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joined:2/9/04
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 10:29pm
I still think Goop would make a terrific Goneril. Or Regan.
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somethingwicked
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Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 10:42pm
Sarah Paulson would be an incredible Regan.
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henrikegerman
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joined:4/29/05
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/14/14 at 11:30pm
"odd choice since Lithgow is 68 and Bening is 55."

An odd concern to raise in a season with a 59 year old Walter and a 66 year old Lena Younger.

Updated On: 4/14/14 at 11:30 PM
NYC4Life
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/06
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 4/15/14 at 12:06am
It doesn't matter. 1. It is theatre! 2. A guy could have a kid when he is 14 or 15. 3. Jon Lithgow can play older and Annette Bening can play younger.
Play Esq.
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joined:7/10/09
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/22/14 at 01:39pm
I'm surprised there's been no chatter about this since Bening was officially announced...with Jessica Hecht no less!

I've wanted to see Bening on stage for some time now, but haven't been able to get to LA for the few shows she's done there. Incredibly excited about this! I wonder if her (...or Lithgow's name for that matter) will make this a really big draw.


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Musicaldudepeter
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joined:3/18/10
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/22/14 at 01:42pm
Lear is supposed to be in his 80s. Therefore, Goneril should be in her 50s. Usually it is an older actress that plays that role, so, technically Bening is perfect for it, physically.
PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/22/14 at 01:45pm


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Kad
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joined:11/5/05
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/22/14 at 04:04pm
Boyer will be great as the Fool.
PlayItAgain
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joined:11/8/11
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/23/14 at 12:14am
^ yes, this! and always thrilled to see Sanders in a Shakespeare play.
nicnyc
Understudy
joined:7/7/12
Annette Bening in KING LEAR?
Posted: 5/23/14 at 03:49am
I can't wait for this - Lithgow is always amazing; excited to see Bening as Goneril & Jay O. Sanders (one of my Park favs) as Kent

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