About King Lear

Hailed as one of the greatest performers of all time, Glenda Jackson returns to the Great White Way to star as the titular role in King Lear, transferring from the Old Vic. Joined by screen favourites and stage veterans, enjoy the new adaptation of King Lear portrayed as a female, directed by Sam Gold. So, if you enjoy a theatre great told in a brand new interpretation, you’ll want to see King Lear at the Cort Theatre.


The cast of King Lear stars Glenda Jackson (as King Lear), Jayne Houdyshell (as Earl of Gloucester), Elizabeth Marvel (as Goneril), Aisling O’Sullivan (as Regan), Pedro Pascal (as Edmund), John Douglas Thompson (as Earl of Kent), Ruth Wilson (as Cordelia/Fool), Sean Carvajal (as Edgar), Dion Johnstone (as Duke of Albany), Russell Harvard (as Duke of Cornwall), and Matthew Maher (as Oswald).

The cast is completed by Michael Arden, Che Ayende, Therese Barbato, Justin Cunningham, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Ian Lassiter, Daniel Marmion and John McGinty.


One of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, King Lear tells of a ruling monarch who is coming to the end of their reign. When sharing the power between their children, it’s clear that the monarch’s plans are ushered aside for the greed, desire and lust of younger relatives. Descending into madness, King Lear explores the fatal consequences of a foolish decision and continues to resonate over 400 years since it was written.


Recommended age for children is 12 and up. No children under 4 admitted. All children must have a ticket. Running time for the show is 3 hours and 30 minutes, with a 15 minute interval.


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