Langella, last seen on Broadway in Man and Boy, leads the production that is directed by Chichester associate director Angus Jackson and designed by Robert Innes Hopkins.
King Lear plays through Nov. 30 at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. A New York engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will follow, Jan. 7-Feb. 9, 2014, at the Harvey Theater.
The cast also features Sebastian Armesto, Max Bennett, Denis Conway, Isabella Laughland, Catherine McCormack, Harry Melling, Lauren O'Neil, Steven Pacey, Rob Heaps, Tom Mothersdale, Chu Omambala, Michael Sheldon, Parth Thakerar, Tim Treloar and Alan Vicary.
Lear has production design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Peter Mumford, music by Isobel Waller-Bridge and sound design by Fergus O'Hare.
Frank Langella made his Broadway debut in Seascape and has also appeared on Broadway in Man and Boy, A Man for All Seasons, Match, Passion, Amadeus, The Father, Hurlyburly, Present Laughter and Design for Living. Langella is the recipient of three Tony Awards, for Frost/Nixon, Fortune's Fool and Seascape. Also a star of feature film, his movie credits boast "Dracula," "Lolita," "The Ninth Gate," "Small Soldiers," "Dave," "Diary of a Mad Housewife" and "The Twelve Chairs." He is an Academy Award nominee for "Frost/Nixon."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.