Frank Langella Takes on Transatlantic ‘Lear’

Production to play Chichester Festival Theater prior to a run at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Frank Langella

Frank Langella will topline a new production of “King Lear” set to bow at the U.K.’s Chichester Festival Theater this fall prior to a early 2014 run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Production will follow the same route from Chichester to BAM taken by the 2008 staging of “Macbeth” that starred Patrick Stewart. That production proved successful enough in Brooklyn to earn a subsequent Broadway transfer.

Angus Jackson, the associate director of Chichester, will direct the new production of Shakespeare’s “Lear,” to be designed by Robert Innes Hopkins (“Clybourne Park” at the Royal Court and the West End). Jackson isn’t a familiar name to Stateside theatergoers, but his credits in the U.K. include “Goodnight Mister Tom” and “The Browning Version,” both on the West End.

With three Tonys to his name for perfs in “Frost/Nixon,” “Seascape” and “Fortune’s Fool,” Langella most recently appeared on the Gotham boards in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2011 Broadway revival of “Man and Boy.” He also has roles in some half a dozen upcoming films including “Grace of Monaco,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and “Draft Day,” all following recent movie credits such as “Robot and Frank” and “All Good Things.”

“Lear” plays Chichester Oct. 31-Nov. 30, with the New York run at BAM’s Harvey Theater skedded for Jan. 7-Feb. 9.  Further casting for the show remains to be set.