Frank Langella to play King Lear in New York this winter

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Let it be so! After tackling such diverse famous men as Dracula, Sir Thomas More and Richard Nixon (the role with which he won his third Tony and an Oscar nomination for in both the stage and film versions of Frost/Nixon), Frank Langella returns to the New York stage after a two-year hiatus to tackle Shakespeare’s most behemoth male role, King Lear, at Brooklyn Academy of Music this winter after a run at the U.K.’s Chichester Theatre Festival this autumn.

Jonathan Church, Artistic Director at Chichester Festival Theatre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that this legendary American actor has accepted our invitation to lead the company of King Lear here at Chichester; and equally delighted to be returning to BAM after our previous collaboration, Macbeth, in 2008.”

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo added, “I am thrilled to welcome one of our greatest actors to the BAM stage in January. The Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear will provide New York audiences the opportunity to experience Mr. Langella perform perhaps the most challenging role in the Shakespearean canon. It will be a significant theater experience and a momentous occasion for BAM.”

King Lear will play at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) from January 7-February 9, 2014. Please visit BAM’s official website for more information.

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