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New York: Dion Johnstone will play the Duke of Albany in Glenda Jacksons “King Lear” on Broadway

Saturday, March 2, 2019

This season's new Broadway production of William Shakespeare's King Lear, starring two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson and directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, will begin previews today, February 28, 2019 and will open Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Cort Theatre. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell will take on the traditionally male role of the Earl of Gloucester. Pedro Pascal will play Edmund, while Lear's scheming daughters Goneril and Regan will be played by Elizabeth Marvel and Aisling O'Sullivan and Ruth Wilson will play Cordelia. John Douglas Thompson, will appear as the Earl of Kent, a role he played opposite Sam Waterston's Lear in a 2011 Public Theater production. The cast will also feature Sean Carvajal as Edgar, Matthew Maher as Oswald, Russell Harvard as the Duke of Cornwall and Dion Johnstone, well-known from Canada’s Stratford Festival, as the Duke of Albany.

Joining the previously announced cast will be Michael Arden (Aide to Cornwall), Justin Cunningham (Ensemble/Duke of Burgundy), Dion Johnstone (Duke of Albany), Ian Lassiter (Ensemble/King of France), Che Ayende (Ensemble), Therese Barbato (Ensemble), Stephanie Roth Haberle (Ensemble), Daniel Marmion (Ensemble), and John McGinty (Ensemble).

Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning composer Philip Glass will provide an original score for the production.

The critically acclaimed creative team features scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jane Cox, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

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Photo: Dion Johnstone. © 2012 Corey Berry.