King Lear, Starring Frank Langella, Opens at Brooklyn Academy of Music Jan. 15

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15 Jan 2014

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
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The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Shakespeare's King Lear, starring three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella as a King defending his crown, officially opens Jan. 15 after previews that began Jan. 7 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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 premiered in October 2013 at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. The New York engagement at BAM runs through Feb. 9 in the Harvey Theater.

The cast also features Sebastian Armesto, Max Bennett, Denis Conway, Ron Heaps, Rendah Haywood, Isabella Laughland, Catherine McCormack, Harry Melling, Tom Mothersdale, Chum Omambala, Lauren O'Neil, Steven Pacey,  William Reay, Michael Sheldon, Parth Thakerar, Tim Treloar and Alan Vicary.

Lear has 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."

For tickets visit BAM.org.

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Frank Langella in the 1977 Broadway production Dracula.
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