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Ruth Wilson, Jayne Houdyshell & more to join Glenda Jackson in King Lear at Broadway's Golden Theatre
The Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear is now set to begin performances at the Golden Theatre on February 28, 2019.
Producer Scott Rudin has today announced new details for the previously reported upcoming Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear including additional casting, new dates, theatre, director and creative team information.
King Lear is now set to begin previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre on February 28, 2019 (instead of the previously announced start date of March 6), ahead of an official opening on April 4 (instead of April 11). The all-new production will play a strictly limited engagement through to July 7, 2019.
Joining Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in the titular role will be Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (as Earl of Gloucester), Elizabeth Marvel (as Goneril), Aisling O’Sullivan (as Regan), Pedro Pascal (as Edmund), Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson (as Earl of Kent), two-time Olivier Award winner & Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (as Cordelia/Fool), Sean Carvajal (as Edgar), Dion Johnstone (as Duke of Albany), Russell Harvard (as Duke of Cornwall), and Matthew Maher (as Oswald), with additional casting to be announced at a later date.
The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and will also feature an original score by Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe & BAFTA Award-winning composer Philip Glass. The creative team also 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 Women (which was also staged at the Golden Theatre), Glenda 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 (Read Mark Shenton's 4* review on our London Theatre Guide sister site).
Ms. Jackson previously released the following statement: "Performing King Lear in London was a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but this is a role you continue to work on and to make new discoveries. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the role anew, and look forward to the challenge of performing it on Broadway."