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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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$89 Select Orchestra & Front Mezzanine
$59 Select Mezzanine D - F
$49 Select Mezzanine G - H & Balcony A - D
$39 Select Balcony C - D
Regular price is $49-$139. Valid for performances through 7/7/19. Not valid Thursday, April 4, 2019. Evening Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. May not be combined with other offers. There is no late seating.
Select Orchestra $89.00
Select Mezzanine Rows D-F $59.00
Select Mezzanine Rows G-H and Balcony Rows A-D $49.00
Regular price is $35-$159. Valid for performances through 7/7/19. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. May not be combined with other offers. There is no late seating
Rear Mezzanine $49
Regular price is $39-$159. Valid for performances from 2/28/19 to 4/7/19. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. No valid combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.
Select Orchestra $89
Select Rear Mezzanine $59
Regular price is $49-$159. Valid for performances through 4/7/19. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. May not be combined with other offers. There is no late seating.
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