King Lear (BAM) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 4, 2011
    Closing:
    June 5, 2011

    Theater: BAM Harvey Theater / 651 Fulton Street, New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    Sir Derek Jacobi is King Lear. An aging monarch. A kingdom divided. A child's love rejected. Lear's world descends into chaos, and all that he once believed is now threatened. Unrivaled theatrical partners, Tony and Olivier Award winners Jacobi and Michael Grandage (The Tempest, Don Carlos, and Twelfth Night) bring the drama's grand themes to vivid life in a production that unites one of the great actors of our time and one of England's most revered directors.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF King Lear (BAM)

    He’s a Grumpy Old Man, but Don’t Dare Run Away

    BEN BRANTLEY

    May 6, 2011: “Entertaining” is hardly the first word that springs to mind when thoughts turn to “King Lear,” Shakespeare’s profound and merciless tragedy of old age. Yet Michael Grandage’s crackling production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — which stars Derek Jacobi at the peak of his powers — is, among other (and more strictly virtuous) things, terrifically entertaining.

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