King Lear

King Lear

Tickets are on sale now to see King Lear at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.

The incomparable Glenda Jackson triumphantly returned to the New York stage in the 2017-2018 Broadway season, after an almost thirty-year absence, to star in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Three Tall Women. Her tour-de-force performance resulted in her winning her first-ever Tony Award, although she had previously earned Tony nominations for each of her previous four Broadway outings. Experiencing this British stage and screen veteran once again treading the New York boards was viewed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by many and few expected to be in the position to relive that opportunity in consecutive seasons. However, to the delight and surprise of those same theatre aficionados, a Broadway return for Ms. Jackson was announced at the end of June 2018 and she would be taking on the title role in William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy King Lear in an all-new Broadway production, courtesy of Scott Rudin.

Of course, Ms. Jackson made headlines over the pond when she was first cast as Lear for the critically acclaimed Old Vic production in 2016, marking her first return to the stage following her retirement from British politics (after almost 23 years in office) in 2015. Mark Shenton, lead critic of our London Theatre Guide sister site wrote of her performance: “She's phenomenal: not just merely in terms of endurance and memory, but in the forceful way she owns the stage.”

Indeed, the critical response was unanimous and she went on to receive her fourth Olivier Award nomination in 2017 for her efforts.

For this new Broadway production, Ms. Jackson is joined by a stellar cast of stage veterans and screen favorites with the likes of Golden Globe winner and Tony Award nominee Ruth Wilson playing Cordelia, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as the Earl of Gloucester, and Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson as the Earl of Kent to name just a few. And under the steady hand of Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, this revival could well be one for the ages.

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” – King Lear.

The New York Theatre Guide encourages you to visit this great stage of players, with a crowning performance by Tony and two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson as performances begin at the Cort Theatre on February 28, 2019.

(Photos by Brigitte Lacombe)

Running time: 
3hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
15 images
About King Lear:

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.

Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
as King Lear

until 7 Jul 2019

Jayne Houdyshell
Jayne Houdyshell
as Earl of Gloucester

until 7 Jul 2019

Ruth Wilson
Ruth Wilson
as Cordelia

until 7 Jul 2019

William Shakespeare
Scott Rudin
Sam Gold
Jane Cox
Scott Lehrer
Miriam Buether
Ann Roth
Cast list:
Glenda Jackson (as King Lear), Jayne Houdyshell (as Earl of Gloucester), Elizabeth Marvel (as Goneril), Aisling O’Sullivan (as Regan), Pedro Pascal (as Edmund), John Douglas Thompson (as Earl of Kent), 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)
Other info:
Original Score by Philip Glass
King Lear Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
February 28, 2019
Opening date: 
April 4, 2019
July 7, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Latest King Lear News & Features

Glenda Jackson in King Lear
Official Broadway production photos of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, released
April 4, 2019

Official Broadway production photos of the current gender-blind revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear, starring Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in the titular role, have been released ahead of tonight's official opening at the Cort Theatre. The production began previews on February 28, 2019, and is scheduled to run through to July 7, 2019.

Glenda Jackson in the Old Vic production of King Lear
King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, begins performances on Broadway
February 28, 2019

Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson returns to the Great White Way tonight as the Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear begins previews at the Cort Theatre. An official opening is set for April 4, with the strictly limited engagement running through to July 7, 2019.