Glenda Jackson to return to acting in King Lear at the Old Vic

Glenda Jackson to return to acting in King Lear at the Old Vic

Updated On: Feb 12, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Glenda Jackson is to return to acting after a 25 year abscence to play the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Old Vic Theatre from October 2016.

    King Lear tickets are now on sale, starring Glenda Jackson, at the Old Vic Theatre.

    The 79-year old double Academy Award winner returns to the stage, after she retired as a Labour MP in the House of Commons at the 2015 General Election. Jackson left acting in 1990, entering politics and was elected to represent Hampstead and Kilburn in North London.

    Director Deborah Warner confirmed that rehearsals will begin in late August, while performance dates will be announced in April.

    Before her years as an MP, Glenda Jackson made her professional stage debut in 1957 in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1964, appearing in Peter Brook's 'Theatre of Cruelty' season which included Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade, Peter Hall's production of Hamlet, the RSC's US at the Aldwych Theatre. Her theatre credits also include the title role in the RSC's Hedda Gabler, Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude in London and on Broadway, Ken Russell's The Rainbow, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Howard Barker's Scenes at the Almeida Theatre.

    Jackson twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, first for Ken Russell's Women in Love and later for Melvin Frank's A Touch of Class. She also won two Emmy Awards for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC's Elizabeth R (1971), and a BAFTA for her role in John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday.

    King Lear tickets are now on sale, starring Glenda Jackson, at the Old Vic Theatre.

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