Producer Scott Rudin is pleased to announce that two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson will return to Broadway this season to star in the title role of a new production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The production will begin previews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and open Thursday, April 11, 2019 at a theatre to be announced.
“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.”
Ms. Jackson recently triumphed in a critically acclaimed, sold out run in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. Her long-awaited return to Broadway after a 30-year absence was hailed by critics and audiences as the theatrical event of the season, with the production breaking its theatre’s house record five times. In addition to the Tony Award, Ms. Jackson’s performance in Three Tall Women was honored with the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play, and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
Her first Academy Award came in 1970 with Ken Russell’s film Women in Love. She went on to star in film classics such as Sunday Bloody Sunday, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA Award, and A Touch of Class, for which she won her second Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Her films also include Mary, Queen of Scots; The Romantic Englishwoman; Hedda (Academy Award nomination); The Incredible Sarah; House Calls; and Stevie. In 1971, Ms. Jackson starred as Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC serial “Elizabeth R,” for which she received two Emmy Awards. She was also nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for “The Patricia Neal Story.”
Ms. Jackson began her stage career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She made her Broadway debut 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), receiving a Tony Award nomination for each performance. 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.
Creative team and additional casting for King Lear will be announced in coming weeks.