Frank Langella Bringing “King Lear” to BAM

Francois Durand

Broadway and film star Frank Langella will play the title role in a new production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” transferring to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this winter after an autumn opening in the U.K.

The three-time Tony Award-winning actor, last seen on Broadway in “Man and Boy,” will bring the famous tragedy to the Harvey Theater at BAM beginning Jan. 7, 2014, after its run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

The production will be directed by Angus Jackson, who directed this year’s Olivier Award-winning “Goodnight Mister Tom” in the West End. The Chichester Festival Theatre staged “Macbeth” at BAM in 2008, with Patrick Stewart.

“I am thrilled to welcome one of our greatest actors to the BAM stage in January,” BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said in a statement. “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.”

Tickets will go on sale this fall. Visit for updates.

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