'Lear' staging added to NT Live slate
London’s Donmar Warehouse has partnered with the National Theater to add the Donmar’s upcoming staging of “King Lear” to the National’s NT Live lineup of international cinema broadcasts.Team-up of two of the U.K.’s most prominent subsidized theaters will see “Lear,” helmed by Michael Grandage (“Red”) and toplined by Derek Jacobi, hit some 320 screens in more than 20 countries in early February, just before the production heads out on an eight-week U.K. tour. Move marks the latest step by Donmar a.d. Grandage to build a profile for the theater’s work beyond London and Broadway (where the Donmar’s “Red” recently scored six Tonys). Under his tenure, an increasing number of productions have shifted to countries including the U.S., Argentina and Australia, as well as gone out on U.K. tours. Theater’s pact with the National allows “Lear” to take advantage of the theatrical distribution infrastructure already set up by NT Live, the cinema broadcast program that recalls a similar initiative launched by the Metropolitan Opera in Gotham. “Lear” joins an NT Live lineup of National productions that includes Danny Boyle’s new staging of “Frankenstein” and the London incarnation of current Main Stem offering “Fela!” Cast of “Lear” includes Gina McKee, Justine Mitchell, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ron Cook. Production is designed by the “Red” team of Christopher Oram (sets and costumes), Neil Austin (lights) and Adam Cork (sound). “Lear” plays the Donmar Dec. 3-Feb. 5, with the NT Live broadcast set for Feb. 3. Tour launches Feb. 21 in Llandudno, Wales.