Jonathan Miller directs the staging with Tony-winner Plummer, re-creating work they did for the renowned Stratford Festival in summer 2002. Some cast members from that staging will return to this New York production. The cast at the Vivian Beaumont Theater starting Feb. 11, 2004, will include James Blendick, Domini Blythe, Benedict Campbell, Brent Carver, Ian Deakin, Claire Jullien (as Cordelia), Barry MacGregor, Lucy Peacock, Stephen Russell and Brian Tree, all well-known names in Canada. Carver was Tony-nommed for playing Leo in the musical Parade at Lincoln Center Theater. He won the Tony Award for playing Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, the musical.
Lincoln Center Theater's production of King Lear will have sets by Ralph Funicello, costumes by Clare Mitchell, lighting by Robert Thomson and original music composed by Berthold Carrière. Opening is March 4, 2004. The run is being billed as a limited engagement, and the performance schedule has not yet been announced. Plummer had previously indicated in published reports that he would not play the strenuous role eight performances a week.