Early closure notice posted for Glenda Jackson-led King Lear on Broadway

The Broadway revival of Shakespeare's King Lear will now play its final performance at the Cort Theatre on June 9, 2019.

Jayne Houdyshell & Glenda Jackson in King Lear

Producer Scott Rudin has now posted an early closure notice for the current Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear. The production will play its final performance at the Cort Theatre on June 9, 2019, and upon closing, it will have played a total of 34 previews and 76 regular performances.

King Lear began its Broadway run on February 28, 2019, officially opening on April 4.

The cast features Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson (as King Lear), alongside Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (as Earl of Gloucester), Golden Globe & two-time Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson (as Cordelia/Fool), Elizabeth Marvel (as Goneril), Aisling O’Sullivan (as Regan), Pedro Pascal (as Edmund), Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson (as Earl of Kent), Sean Carvajal (as Edgar), Dion Johnstone (as Duke of Albany), Russell Harvard (as Duke of Cornwall), and Matthew Maher (as Oswald).

Cast member Ruth Wilson is currently nominated for a Tony Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play" for her turn as both Cordelia and the Fool.

The production is directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and also features an original score by Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe & BAFTA Award-winning composer Philip Glass. The creative team additionally features scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jane Cox, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Prior to her 2018 Tony Award win for Edward Albee's Three Tall WomenGlenda Jackson had previously appeared on Broadway four times and received four Tony Award nominations. She made her Broadway debut in Marat/Sade in 1965, and went on to star in Rose (1981), Strange Interlude (1985) and the 1988 revival of Macbeth. On screen, she won Academy Awards for "Women in Love" in 1971 and for "A Touch of Class" in 1974 and also earned Oscar nominations for "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1972) and "Hedda" (1976). After a 23 year-stint as a Member of Parliament in the UK, she returned to the stage in 2016 to take on the title role in London's acclaimed production of King Lear, which also earned her a fifth Olivier Award nomination. She garnered great acclaim for her turn as Shakespeare's tragic monarch in London.

King Lear Tickets are available now for performances through to June 9, 2019.

(Photo by Brigitte Lacombe)