The new production of the William Shakespeare tragedy opened at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park on Tuesday night (05Aug14) with Lithgow in the title role opposite Annette Bening, marking her first New York stage part in more than two decades.
Theatre reviewers mostly praised Lithgow's portrayal of the king's decent into madness, but many were scathing about the production.
Continue reading: John Lithgow's King Lear Falls Flat With Critics
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Celebrities including Oscar Isaac and F. Murray Abraham attended The Delacorte Theatre for the opening night of Daniel Sullivan’s “fast-moving if stiff-jointed” production of “King Lear” on Tuesday evening (Aug 5).
John Lithgow plays King Lear while Annette Bening, Jessica Collins and Jessica Hecht star as his daughters Goneril, Cordelia and Regan. The reviews so far have been mixed-to-positive – Newsday’s Lina Winer said: “We do feel all degrees of temperature in Lithgow's Lear, a performance in which hot and cold both burn.”
In attendance for the special opening night was Oscar Isaac, who broke through with his performance as the titular character in Inside Llewyn Davis – The Coen Brothers excellent fictional biopic of a struggling folk singer trying desperately to navigate the Greenwich Village scene one freezing winter in America’s freewheeling 60s.
Continue reading: Opening Night Of 'King Lear' At The Delacorte Theater [Pictures]
The Shrek star is currently appearing in a production of William Shakespeare's tragedy in Central Park, but the play was hit by bad weather in its opening week (beg21Jul14).
One show had to be halted for 45 minutes due to a heavy downpour, and Lithgow, who plays the title role, was left struggling to find his place in the script when the action resumed.
Continue reading: John Lithgow Forgets His Lines After Rain Stage Delay
The Oscar winner has been grooming his facial hair since March (14) in preparation for the Shakespeare in the Park production in the Big Apple's Central Park, but he admits the bushy white beard hasn't won him many compliments.
During an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (17Jul14), he said, "It's making me feel nice and old... (but) not everybody likes it.
Continue reading: John Lithgow Verbally Abused For Bushy King Lear Beard
The Frost/Nixon star portrays the doomed ruler in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, which opened on Thursday night (16Jan14).
Langella, who turned 76 on 1 January (14), turned in a stellar performance in the title role, according to The New York Times' Ben Brantley, who was full of praise for the ageing actor, writing, "A magnificent incredulity flows, as hot and coursing as lava, from Frank Langella's King Lear... Mr. Langella improbably turned 76 this month, but he retains a mighty strength to command (not to mention the ability to remember a whole lot of weighty words)."
Continue reading: Frank Langella Hailed By Critics For King Lear
Veteran actor SIR Derek Jacobi will resume his U.K. tour of King Lear in Belfast, Northern Ireland after he was forced to bow out of three sold-out performances in Wales over the weekend (25-27Feb11) due to voice problems.
The Brit is taking his acclaimed performance of the Shakespeare play around Britain and was set to star as the tortured monarch at venues in Llandudno, Wales on Friday and Saturday night (25-26Feb11).
Jacobi had to pull out because he lost his voice, forcing organisers to cancel the shows altogether.
But the star has promised to be back on form for his performance at The Grand Opera in Belfast on Tuesday (01Mar11).
Continue reading: Jacobi To Return To King Lear Tour After Losing His Voice
Daniel Craig is to reprise his 007 role as James Bond when its 23rd screen adventure returns to movie screens next November.
James Bond is to return to movie screens next year.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the suave British spy in the 23rd screen adventure in November 2012, after the film was finally given the go-ahead, nine months after it was originally shelved amid money problems for studio MGM.
Continue reading: New James Bond Given Release Date Confirmation
The sold-out Shakespeare play, starring Jacobi as the tortured monarch, was in full swing at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden when the venue was hit by an electricity blackout.
Venue bosses failed to restore power to the theatre and were forced to send audience members home one hour into the show.
A spokeswoman for the Donmar Warehouse reveals every attendee would be individually contacted and offered a refund for the abruptly-halted performance.
Continue reading: Jacobi's King Lear Hit By Blackout
Andrew Garfield is concerned he will look like an ''English fool'' when he watches his performance in the upcoming 'Spider-Man' movie back.
The 27-year-old actor - who has replaced Toby Maguire as the web-slinging hero in the upcoming fourth movie - is concerned he will not do a good job and the movie and says he will approach the role differently to Maguire.
He said: "Ironically, I'm going to be the person in the audience going, 'S**t! S**t! They cast this English fool?'
Continue reading: Andrew Garfield's Spider-man Concerns
A Hollywood adaptation of Shakespearean tragedy King Lear has been cancelled after reportedly falling victim to the current global economic crisis.
The film was due to star Sir Anthony Hopkins in the title role alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightly and Naomi Watts as the monarch's three daughters.
The $36 million (£25 million) production was announced at last year's (08) Cannes Film Festival in France but has now been scrapped.
The decision was reportedly made after movie bosses found it difficult to secure the required investment.
Continue reading: King Lear Cancelled
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