Frank Langella Stars in King Lear
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Featured review from Mrahimi
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I wish I had read the play before going to see it. We have the works of Shakespeare, I said I would get to it, but I never did. It's not critical to read first, but it would help enormously. The seats were great, the acting very good, well worth seeing.
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“A magnificent incredulity flows, as hot and coursing as lava, from Frank Langella’s King Lear when he discovers that people are no longer quaking when he commands. It is evident in the affronted set of those boulder shoulders that here is someone who has never, ever been disobeyed.” -New York Times
“Langella finds excellent variety and vocal dynamism in his grueling role: Lear rumbles, he sings, he bellows - and when the unhoused ruler really loses it, he screams hysterically. Musical, muscular, fearsome yet tragically human, he’s every inch a king._" -Time Out New York (four stars) _
“Super-clean staging and tight ensemble work provide strong support for Langella … his performance has such breadth and nuance that it’s something of a revelation.” -Variety
“Frank Langella [is] a commanding Lear … what impresses is [his] spellbinding power … we have not only a star but a real actor: one who follows the familiar arc of Lear’s moral awakening, but who also makes the part his own.” —The Guardian
“Frank Langella brings thunderous power to his performance as King Lear in a lucid production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.” —_"Daily Telegraph":http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/10439322/King-Lear-Minerva-Theatre-Chichester-review.html _
“Langella booms with … authority. … He is great to watch.” —_"Daily Mail":http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2507655/Lear-booms-presidential-presence-PATRICK-MARMIONS-review-King-Lear.html _
Read a New York Times interview with Frank Langella.
Running time is approximately three hours, including intermission.