King Lear Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


21st June 2013

Fact: Actor Frank Langella is set to play King Lear in an upcoming revival of the Shakespeare tragedy. The Frost/Nixon star will portray the titular doomed ruler at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater in New York from 7 January (14). Langella made his Broadway debut in 1966, and will follow in the footsteps of thespians like Sir Ian MCKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi, who have portrayed the tragic king onstage.


11th February 2010

Fact: Doctor Zhivago actor Omar Sharif is to star in a modern-day version of William Shakespeare's King Lear, set in Egypt.


20th May 2008

Fact: Keira Knightley is to team up with GYWNETH PALTROW to play the daughters of King Lear in a new movie adaptation of the Shakespearian play.


22nd October 2007

Quote: "I accept that if I ever play King Lear, the headlines will read 'FRASIER DOES LEAR'. But it would be indecorous of me to think that's some sort of travail." Kelsey Grammer realises he'll always be known for playing the beloved psychiatrist character.


15th October 2007

Quote: "There's a good argument for not doing it - it's distracting. How can an audience not look at genitalia on display when they have the license to do it in a darkened theatre." SIR Ian McKellen on why he opted not to follow his Lord Of The Rings co-star SIR Ian Holm's example and bare all for a 20 minute sequence of SHAKESPEARE tragedy King Lear. Instead, MCKellen briefly strips in his role as Lear, offering just a glimpse of his naked form.


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