Frank Langella to play 'King Lear' in Brooklyn

June 20, 2013 - 10:34 AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, U.S actor Frank Langella poses during the photo call of the movie "Robot and Frank" at the 38th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France. Producers said Thursday, June 20, 2013, Langella will debut as King Lear at Britain’s Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn and then take it to the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York early next year. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Langella will be taking on one of Shakespeare's greatest roles — King Lear — and letting audiences in two countries see it.

Producers said Thursday Langella will debut his Lear at Britain's Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn and then take it to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York early next year.

"King Lear" will be directed by Chichester's Associate Director Angus Jackson. It will run at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester from Oct. 31-Nov. 30 and then in Brooklyn from Jan. 7-Feb. 9.

Langella was most recently seen in Terrance Rattigan's "Man and Boy" on Broadway. He has won three Tony Awards, most notably as Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon," a role he later recreated for the 2008 film version, earning an Oscar nomination.