A production from the Chichester Festival, playing at BAM, with Frank Langella as Lear. I looked up the running time on their website before we left home - - I said to Richard, “Something’s wrong here - - *King Lear* is only three hours long, but *Die Fledermaus* was four.” Topsy turvy! *Lear* was fantastic. Langella gave a tour de force performance, which is what you want in a Lear. Grand and powerful, but also quiet and vulnerable. He had it all, he is a marvel. The whole cast was strong, and the staging was straightforward and logical - - the director did what the *Glass Menagerie* director didn’t do, he trusted the material.
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