When William Shakespeare’s King Lear comes to Chicester in November, the eponymous monarch will be played by triple-Tony award winning actor Frank Langella. Directed by Angus Jackson, the play will see out an initial 2 month run, before transferring to New York in 2014.
The 75 year old actor has been in show business for over fifty years, and his stage and screen roles include Zorro, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. He is perhaps best known to cinema-goers for playing Richard Nixon opposite Michael Sheen’s David Frost in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Langella had actually played the role two years previously in Peter Morgan’s original stage play of the same name before it was adapted to the screen, winning one of his three Tony Awards.
The role of Lear is often called the ‘Everest of acting’ and has most recently been played by English stage heavyweights Sir Derek Jacobi at the Donmar Warehouse, and Sir Ian McKellen at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Artistic director at the Chichester Festival Theatre Jonathan Church said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that this legendary American actor has accepted our invitation to lead the company of King Lear here at Chichester.”
For the city of Chichester, the arrival of Langella will prove to be a fitting epilogue to the annual four-week arts and music festival, the “Festival of Chichester” that runs throughout the summer months. As the vibrant arts scene continues to thrive in the city, Crouchers offer some of the best hotel rooms in Chichester for a weekend or week filled with culture. Spend a weekend break taking in the sights and sounds of this historic city, followed a night at the theatre before retiring to your very own luxury bedroom.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat between activities then there’s a whole host of Chichester restaurants to choose from, each offering stunning dishes to taste before or after Langella’s virtuoso performance as The Mad King. For more information on booking your Chichester escape, why not contact us and a member of our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you.