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King Lear - 2016 - West End Tickets, News, Info & More

Leading an outstanding company, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to the stage to play King Lear, a quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics.

Written during a period of great social upheaval, Shakespeare’s brutal masterpiece is arguably the greatest tragedy ever written. The fatal consequences of a foolish decision are explored in haunting poetry to create one of the most moving works in the English language.

Schedule

Running Time:

Three hours and 30 minutes, with one interval

Old Vic Theatre


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by Jenny Gilbert - November 8, 2016
Gender-blind casting has arrived and we'd better get used to it. Correction: it seems we are getting used to it, viz the imminent revival of the Donmar's all-female Shakespeare trilogy. So the headline story of this Old Vic production is not that a woman is taking on the Everest north-face of a role formerly reserved for mature alpha males of the acting profession. The headline story of Glenda Jackson's Lear is that this Lear is magnificent, and its magnificence emanates directly from the text.
by Ashlee Latimer - November 6, 2016
King Lear opened at The Old Vic on 4 November 2016, and BroadwayWorld has all the reviews! A quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to play King Lear in Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, alongside an outstanding company including William Chubb, Morfydd Clark, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Celia Imrie, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.

King Lear Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of King Lear have their been?
King Lear has had 32 productions including Broadway which opened in 1905, Broadway which opened in 1906, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1909, Broadway which opened in 1911, Broadway which opened in 1915, Broadway which opened in 1917, Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1923, Broadway which opened in 1930, Broadway which opened in 1930, Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1950, Off-Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1968, Off-Broadway which opened in 1973, Off-Broadway which opened in 1978, Off-Broadway which opened in 1982, Off-Broadway which opened in 1990, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2006, Off-Broadway which opened in 2007, Off-Broadway which opened in 2011, Off-Broadway which opened in 2014, Off-Broadway which opened in 2014, West End which opened in 2016, West End which opened in 2018 and Broadway which opened in 2019.

What productions of King Lear have their been?
King Lear has had 32 productions including Broadway which opened in 1905, Broadway which opened in 1906, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1907, Broadway which opened in 1909, Broadway which opened in 1911, Broadway which opened in 1915, Broadway which opened in 1917, Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1923, Broadway which opened in 1930, Broadway which opened in 1930, Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1950, Off-Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1968, Off-Broadway which opened in 1973, Off-Broadway which opened in 1978, Off-Broadway which opened in 1982, Off-Broadway which opened in 1990, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2006, Off-Broadway which opened in 2007, Off-Broadway which opened in 2011, Off-Broadway which opened in 2014, Off-Broadway which opened in 2014, West End which opened in 2016, West End which opened in 2018 and Broadway which opened in 2019.