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Searching for the next King Lear: A critic shares his casting notes
Searching for the next King Lear: A critic shares his casting notes

In my recent critic’s notebook on the Shakespeare in the Park production of “King Lear” with John Lithgow, I listed the illustrious actors I’ve seen take on this fearsome role in the last 10 years. Who would I like to see assume the challenge in the next 10? For a long time my answer to the question, “Who should play Lear?” was assured: Morgan Freeman. But I can’t see Freeman putting himself through the wringer for a stage production at this point in his career, though perhaps he could be persuaded to show us his Lear if the right movie director came along with studio backing. (A critic can dream, no?) Now that he has passed the fourscore...

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