Glenda Jackson to Star in <i>King Lear</i> on Broadway

Glenda Jackson to Star in King Lear on Broadway

Fresh off her Tony win for Best Actress in a Play for her unforgettable turn in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Glenda Jackson will next tackle one of Shakespeare’s most-challenging roles: King Lear. Jackson, who is also a two-time Academy Award-winner and two-time Emmy Award-winner, will star in the Broadway production set to begin previews on March 6, 2018 toward an April 11, 2019 opening. A theatre will be announced at a later date.

“Performing King Lear in London was a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but this is a role you continue to work on and to make new discoveries,” Ms. Jackson said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the role anew, and look forward to the challenge of performing it on Broadway.”

Jackson won her Academy Awards for in 1970 with Ken Russell’s film Women in Love and in 1973 for A Touch of Class. Other films include Sunday Bloody Sunday, Mary, Queen of ScotsThe Romantic Englishwoman; and Hedda. Her Broadway debut came in 1965 in The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, and went on to star in Rose (1981), Strange Interlude (1985), and Macbeth (1988). After a thirty-year hiatus, Jackson returned to Broadway to appear in the 2018 revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, winning a Tony Award and a slew of other critical accolades.

Ms. Jackson spent 23 years as a Member of Parliament and in 2016, returned to acting, playing the title role in Shakespeare’s King Lear at The Old Vic, for which she received an Olivier nomination, the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress, and a Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance. Ms. Jackson was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1978.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.