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article imageFrank Langella to play King Lear in new revival

By Tim Sandle     Jun 23, 2013 in Entertainment
Multi-Tony award winning actor Frank Langella is to play King Lear in the U.K. The play will part of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
The new production of Shakespeare's King Lear will take place at the Minerva theater in November. After a short-run, the production will then transfer to New York in early 2014.
King Lear is often regarded as the role that male actors which to bag when they reach the more 'mature' part of their careers. The play concerns the fate of King Lear as he descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.
Frank A. Langella, Jr. is a celebrated stage and film actor. He has won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon. On the big screen, as well as reprising his role as Nixon, Langella has played Zorro, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.
Jonathan Church, artistic director at Chichester Festival Theatre, is quoted by the BBC as saying: "We are absolutely delighted to announce that this legendary American actor has accepted our invitation to lead the company of King Lear here at Chichester."
The Wall Street Journal notes the Langella is also an author. Last year, the actor published his memoir, “Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them.”
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