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The greatest actress on stage today, Glenda Jackson, returns to Broadway in an epic performance in and as King Lear. This adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy by Sam Gold, and with an original score by Philip Glass, will invoke King Lear’s madness and the quest for the true meaning of kinship. Riddled with betrayal, deceit, and hunger for power, the story revolves around the King, his daughters and the royalty of England and France. Supported by an excellent cast, King Lear will sweep you off your feet, in a play that George Bernard Shaw touted as ‘No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear’! And if you're looking for King Lear Broadway discount tickets, you've landed on the right page!

King Lear : Broadway Story

The King Lear Broadway production will perform for a limited run for 19 weeks from April 4th, 2019 to July 7th, 2019. The play is directed by Sam Gold, a two-time Tony Award Director (Doll’s House 2 and Fun Home) and features Glenda Jackson, a Triple Crown winner (Academy, Emmy, and Tony awards) fresh from the success of ‘Three Tall Women.’ It’s a unique challenge as Glenda plays the titular male role of King Lear, which has for centuries been a coveted role for actors across media. She will be supported by a talented cast including Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O’Sullivan, Pedro Pascal, and Ruth Wilson.

More than 4 centuries later, the tragedy of King Lear and his daughters continues to engage audiences. King Lear, written by William Shakespeare, was first performed in 1605 and has been adapted for film, TV, and theatre innumerable times. The story revolves around King Lear and his daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. The King decides to distribute his kingdom to his daughters and yearns to receive praise in return.

The King’s elder daughters Goneril and Regan comply with his expectations and receive their share. However, his favorite and youngest daughter Cordelia doesn’t wax eloquent which enrages the King, and he gives her share to his other daughters. She doesn’t protest and accepts her fate while his other daughters take him for a fool and don’t care about him. What follows next is treachery and involvement of dukes and nobles for the throne. Watch King Lear to find out what happens to him and Cordelia.

King Lear Broadway Info

Show Details

Show Timings

Sun - 2:00 PM
Tue, Thurs, & Fri - 7:00 PM
Wedn - 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sat - 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM


Glenda Jackson as King Lear
Ruth Wilson as Cordelia
Jayne Houdyshell as Earl of Gloucester
Pedro Pascal as Edmund
Elizabeth Marvel as Goneril

Directed by
Sam Gold

Original Score by
Philip Glass

Additional Information


Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house lounge
Coat check

The Cort Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,082.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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King Lear Broadway Performance

'King Lear' will start previewing on February 28th, 2019 and open for public on April 4th, 2019.

Previous Edition - Critic Reviews

“Glenda Jackson's performance will be talked about for years.”
- The Telegraph

“Glenda Jackson rivets as King Lear in her return to the stage.”
- The New York Times

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About Cort Theatre

King Lear will perform at the Cort Theatre located on 138 West 48th Street in New York. It is one of the last remaining 20th century Broadway theatres. It was built in 1912 commissioned by John Cort and designed by architect Thomas W Lamb who has several notable theatres to his credit including Madison Square Garden, Mark Strand, and Capitol. The Cort Theatre, inspired by Petit Trianon in Versailles, seats 1,082 people across three sections – Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony. The theatre has hosted famous shows like Saint Joan, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Fences, and Waiting for Godot.

Locations: 138 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
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