New York | In Previews: Opens Apr 04

King Lear (Broadway)

From 97 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

About the show

After playing the role to critical acclaim in London, Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson ("Three Tall Women") brings her take on Shakespeare's mad monarch to a new production on Broadway. More…

In Shakespeare's most famous family tragedy, the aging King Lear's decision to relinquish the throne sparks a sequence of unforeseen, and disastrous consequences. Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold ('Fun Home'), the production also stars Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell ("The Humans"), and features an original score from the legendary composer Philip Glass.

In Previews: Opens Apr 04 | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)


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100
During previews
Must see, Timely, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ...you want to see a historic performance! Jackson is INCREDIBLE! Strong themes of truth, power, and what we see/refuse to see, very timely

Don't see it if ...you don't like Shakespeare; you don't like grim tragedies. You'll have a better experience if you bone up a bit in advance on the plot!

96
During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Must see, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a genuinely riveting production of King Lear that is both beautiful to look at and to hear.

Don't see it if you dislike classical texts, sitting for long durations, or have pretentious "ideas" about what Shakespeare "should" be.

Also The first act is indeed 2 hours long, but it hurtles by like a fiery t... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Riveting, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Powerful

See it if you want to see Lear in a powerful new star-studded production. Jackson= amazing, Wilson= perfect, Pascal= incredible, all cast= strong.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, or you dislike non-traditional stagings & casting.

Also Accessibility note: Had orchestra seats (7th row) aisle, so could stre... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Riveting, Great singing, Great acting, Jackson jackson jackson

See it if You love Shakespeare, theatre, humanity, life itself. Glenda Jackson IS extraordinary.

Don't see it if One quibble: I wish there were 2 intermissions instead of 1. The 1st act was hard on the legs and knees.

93
During previews
Entertaining, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, do not get put off by non-traditional interpretations of the plays, & enjoy masterful acting and ensemble work.

Don't see it if you get bored with long plays (it’s 3.5 hours long), Shakespeare and insist on traditional staging/direction.

Also I loved the inclusion of live music, the string quartet.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Glenda Jackson is not to be missed! The cast is superb and the direction is spot on. The play itself is timeless.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, plays that last over 3 hours. Non traditional casting

90
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Glenda Jackson, excellent. Saw 1st preview, reviewing based on that not on polished post preview performance. Long-yes, needs work-yes

Don't see it if 3 1/2 hours+, Pure Shakespearean theatre, early previews, needs time to workout kinks, which I'm sure it will.

88
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you want to get your Willie Shake on and see a classic play, acted with great skill and passion. Glenda Jackson excels!

Don't see it if don't want to invest the time (3 1/2 hours) or the attention (to Shakespearean dialogue) needed to attend one of The Bard's heaviest plays.

Also If the prospect of spending 3 1/2 hours in front of a stage doesn't ap... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like classic theatre and want to see a great performance by Glenda Jackson. The show is first rate.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays, non-musicals or non-traditional castings.

Also Brush up on your Shakespeare before you go and that will help if you a... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Astonishing performance, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You should at least be familiar w/ Lear plot - language can be hard to follow in any event. Glenda Jackson's Lear is superb.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare and/or Lear not your fav. Or if you don't like long - this is 3.5ish, including intermission.

87
During previews
Resonant, Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see an authentic yet new take on Lear; challenging theatre that resonates with current politics/times.

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted fare, Shakespeare's comedies, or traditional presentations of the Bard.

87
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Indulgent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some great performances in a problematic production

Don't see it if You’re not all that interested in the Bard or if you have low tolerance for eccentric directorial flourishes.

Also Jackson is magnificent.

87
During previews
Epic, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare, modern twists on a classic theme, and riveting acting

Don't see it if If you don’t like Shakespeare, or can’t sit through a 3 2/2 hr performance

Also One of the world’s most consummate actors takes on one of history’s mo... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You want to see the amazing Glenda Jackson take on Lear and do it masterfully with an impressive gathering of co-stars.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3.5 hours and/or don't like "modern" interpretations of the classics.

85
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see 82-year-old Glenda Jackson's game-changing Lear. Also Russell Harvard's beautiful performance in ASL.

Don't see it if You don't dig Shakespeare - despite it's modernized setting & incredible performances ...it's still Shakespeare

85
During previews
One of best lears in years with the inimitable glenda jackson in title role

See it if 4 legendary story of aging, loss of power; devastating 2nd Act; fantastic mutable staging; several strong performances inc Jackson's

Don't see it if middling, expository 2 hr. 1st Act; distracting on-stage musicians; you have problem w way Jackson plays Lear (see below)

Also Most actors playing Lear play him as a loud, raging old lion, bellowin... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Less than dazzling

See it if for Glenda Jackson's stellar Lear & Ruth Wilson's Cordelia & Fool. Solid John Douglas Thompson as Kent and Pedro Pascal as Edmond.

Don't see it if Sean Carvajal's Edgar/Tom don't equal the skill of Oliver Johnstone's at BAM in July 2018. Jayne Houdyshell as Gloucester misfires.

Also Philip Glass original score, while haunting, unfortunately saps too mu... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an exceptional cast bring this tragic tale to riveting life! Glenda Jackson is beyond superb! Top notch performances by all.

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for 3 hrs & 40 mins of expert listening. The cast deliciously dictates Shakespeare’s lines. Transitions could be stronger.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Unique vision of play with Jackson and Houdyshell playing men,use of string quartet and ASL. Cast excelled.Jackson and Wilson were terrific.

Don't see it if You have difficulty sitting for 3 1/2 hours.

85
During previews
Demanding, Epic, Creative approach

See it if Shakespeare is your friend; you want to see a creative approach to the work and you are not a purist; Glenda Jackson!

Don't see it if If you have seen enough of King Lear and it does not matter who is playing him and how the production is presented

Also I myself thought for sure I would not spend time with Lear again. Enou... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Jackson's stellar lead at apex of a masterful ensemble (esp Thompson & Wilson) Ravishing production design served by haunting Glass score

Don't see it if Long, very long because its an epic! Gold's bag of tricks predominantly work Gender fluid, multi-racial/diverse not for Shakespearan purists

82
During previews
Ambitious, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and don't mind long shows

Don't see it if Want to leave the theatre less than 3hrs after you came in

Also Glenda Jackson is a true legend, and she furthers that description as ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Riveting, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare. great performance by Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if don't like Shakespeare

80
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The diverse cast is amazing, and Glenda Jackson is incredible as Lear. It is Shakespeare done well, and in that, exactly what you expect.

Don't see it if I don't feel like I learned anything new from this production. It's King Lear--you know if you want to see it or not.

80
During previews
Classic tragedy given new life, Uneven pacing, mood, and tone (directorial choices are strange at times), Atmospheric, Clever gender-bending, Riveting performances

See it if invested in a fresh take on King Lear with gender-bending, diverse casting including the marvelous Glenda Jackson as the eponymous monarch.

Don't see it if a William Shakespeare purist; single-set-designs in gaudy gold & purple are visually-suffocating to you; you can’t get a seat mid-theatre.

Also I expected from Sam Gold’s King Lear a fresh spin on the Bard’s work, ... Read more Read less


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