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King Lear Details
King Lear is a Shakespearean tragedy that chronicles the title character’s descent into madness. When his youngest, and favorite daughter, refuses to acquiesce to his demands, he tears his kingdom apart between the other two daughters. The kingdom is thrown into turmoil, and the audience is taken on a journey filled with heartache. First performed in 1606, King Lear has been reprised countless times by theater troupes all over the world. Touted as one of Shakespeare’s crowning achievements, novelist George Bernard Shaw is quoted as declaring, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear.” Judging by the play’s over 400-year run, fans of the theater tend to agree.
King Lear has been reprised across several mediums of the stage and screen and translated into countless languages from a German Opera in 1978 to the 2002 American TV adaptation featuring Patrick Stewart as Texas landowner, John Lear. In 2018, King Lear appeared on the big screen with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson heading up the cast. The film was well-received, earning a handful of 2019 award nominations and praise as a “thrilling and entertaining” reprise of Shakespeare treasured work.
As with every version of King Lear, the 2019 revival is remarkable in its own right. The revival of King Lear features an original score by legendary composer Phillip Glass, bringing the retelling of this enduring tale to new heights. But unlike old Shakespeare productions where female roles were filled by men, this revival of King Lear features actress Glenda Jackson in the title role of King Lear. A Tony Award winner and two-time Academy Award winner, Jackson’s inclusion in the cast is already drawing critical acclaim. In addition to Glenda Jackson, this latest cast also features an all-star lineup of celebrated actors opening the 2019 Broadway season. Pedro Pascal, who is best known for his work on Game of Thrones, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson join Glenda Jackson. These talented actors bring a fresh perspective to an enduring classic.
King Lear Dates
The highly anticipated 2019 production of King Lear opened at Cort Theatre, with the first Preview on February 28, 2019. King Lear officially launched on April 4, 2019. Show days and times vary, but King Lear typically shows at 7 pm Monday through Saturday, with a 1 pm matinee on Saturdays.
King Lear Target Audience
King Lear is a Shakespearian tragedy and features mature content with some violence. Parents are cautioned that King Lear may not be suitable for children under 14. More precocious young Shakespeare fans will still find the production enjoyable, but parents are cautioned to use their best judgment if bringing children under 14 to see King Lear. As with many Broadway venues, children under 4 are not permitted in the Cort Theater.
King Lear Runtime
Like most Broadway shows King Lear’s official runtime is about 2 hours. As with any live show, it could run slightly shorter or slightly longer.
February 7, 2018
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