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John Lithgow Wrestles with Rage, Revenge, Raccoons as King Lear

Friday, August 08, 2014

John Lithgow, Annette Bening, and Christopher Innvar inThe Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, directed by Daniel Sullivan, July 22-August 17, 2014. John Lithgow, Annette Bening, and Christopher Innvar inThe Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, directed by Daniel Sullivan, July 22-August 17, 2014. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater)

Revenge, rage, grief and delusion reign in "King Lear," one of Shakespeare’s most tragic plays. John Lithgow talks about playing King Lear in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of the tragedy. “King Lear” is playing through August 17 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

 

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John Lithgow

Comments [3]

CK from USQ from East Village

Richard Lee is almost correct. Jame Early Jones' Lear was in 1973. Take look at this URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_in_the_Park_(New_York). JE Jones did indeed play Lear in 1973.

And, by the way, it is available as a DVD in the PBS Great Performances series, and probably on Netflix. The cast was awesome: Raul Julia, Paul Sorvino, Frederic Coffin, Douglas Watson, Rene Auberjenois, Tom Aldredge, Ellen Holly, Rosalind Cash, among others.

I've seen nine Lears, including Lithgow, and Jones was the best by far. But Lithgow did a very fine job, as did Steven (?)Boyer as the Fool and Jay Sanders as Kent.

Aug. 18 2014 04:15 PM
judithcooper from nyc

I love john lithgow and his performance was huge, but the overall production is stiff and cold. It's a disservice to praise it too much and lead neophytes into thinking this is Shakespeare at its best.

Aug. 08 2014 12:59 PM
richard lee from nyc

Did I hear LL say that Lear hadn't been done in the park since the first season? I worked on James Earl Jones' Lear in the park in (I think) '74. Hope I misheard...

Aug. 08 2014 12:48 PM

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