If you missed her as a woman, you can catch her as a man: Glenda Jackson, hot off a Tony Award for “Three Tall Women,” will return to Broadway next spring as the title character of a gender-blind “King Lear.”
It’s a role the 82-year-old Oscar winner played before, to ecstatic reviews, for London’s Old Vic Theater — her first stage performance after 23 years, during which time she served in Parliament.
“Lear,” set to start previews March 6 before opening April 11 at a yet-to-be-named Broadway theater, will feature a different director and cast, still to be announced. But the durable Jackson seems ready for everything.
“Performing ‘King Lear’ in London was a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but this is a role you continue to work on and to make new discoveries,” she said.
Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” starring Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill as three parts of the same formidable matriarch, ended its run Sunday. Not only did Jackson win the Tony for it, but the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards as well.
We can only imagine how she’ll tear into “Lear.”
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