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A tale of two Lears: Glenda Jackson and Antony Sher scale Shakespeare's mightiest tragedy

A tale of two Lears: Glenda Jackson and Antony Sher scale Shakespeare's mightiest tragedy

Two major productions of “King Lear” are taking place on opposite sides of the River Thames, but for London audiences this embarrassment of Shakespearean riches is as normal as autumn’s gunmetal skies. 

What is noteworthy is that Glenda Jackson, two-time Oscar-winner and long-serving member of Parliament, has returned to the stage at the age of 80 to perform the title role in the Old Vic production directed by Deborah Warner. “Hamilton” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” may still be the global theatrical sensations of the moment, but Jackson’s return to acting after more than two decades in politics has seized the...

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