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Cort Theatre

King Lear

King Lear, Cort Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

No Intermission
Important Dates
Feb 28, 2019
Apr 04, 2019
Jul 07, 2019
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Glenda Jackson stars in the titular role in Shakespeare's classic.


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Once every decade or so, a great actor comes to Broadway and gives a performance that reminds us why we go to the theater. Last year, that actor was Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women. This season, “the best actress alive” (The Guardian) is back on Broadway, and she’s climbing the tallest mountain any actor can climb. Glenda Jackson is King Lear.

The Tony and two-time Academy Award winner plays Lear for 19 weeks only in an all new production directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (A Doll’s House Part 2, Fun Home), leading a cast that includes Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities), Aisling O’Sullivan (Raw), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), John Douglas Thompson (Jitney) and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair). King Lear will feature an original score by the legendary composer Philip Glass.

“Glenda Jackson is the mightiest of them all,” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Don’t miss her in the mightiest role of all time—King Lear

Cast & Creative



  • Written by
    William Shakespeare
  • Director
    Sam Gold
  • Original Score
    Philip Glass
  • Set Designer
    Miriam Buether
  • Costume Designer
    Ann Roth
  • Lighting Designer
    Jane Cox
  • Sound Designer
    Scott Lehrer