Glenda Jackson May Bring Her King Lear to Broadway

News   Glenda Jackson May Bring Her King Lear to Broadway
Producers are currently exploring the possibility of transferring the William Shakespeare classic.
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Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson, who is currently playing the title character in King Lear in a production of the Shakespeare classic at London’s Old Vic Theatre, may repeat her work on Broadway.

The Daily Mail reports that the Old Vic producing team is working with commercial producers Sonia Friedman, Bob Bartner, and Scott Rudin to explore the idea of transferring the production to both the West End and Broadway in 2017.

In previews since October 25, the production officially opened November 4 for a run through December 3. Directed by Deborah Warner, this Lear also features William Chubb, Morfydd Clark, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Celia Imrie, Simon Manyonda, and Harry Melling, plus Fiston Barek, Gary Sefton, and Clifford Rose.

An Old Vic spokesperson told the London paper that “nothing is confirmed” about a King Lear transfer.

Read reviews for the production here.

Jackson’s work spans theatre, film, and television. She earned her two Academy Awards for Women in Love and A Touch of Class. She's been nominated for four Tony Awards, for Macbeth (1988), Strange Interlude (1985), Rose (1981), and Marat/Sade (1966). Between 1992 and 2015 she served as a Member of Parliament, representing constituencies in Hampstead and Kilburn. This play marks her return to the stage for the first time in a quarter of a century.

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