REVIEW ROUND-UP: Glenda Jackson as King Lear at the Old Vic

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Glenda Jackson makes a stage return to the stage after decades as an MP, taking the title role in Shakespeare’s King Lear, which is running at the Old Vic until 3 December 2016. What have critics been making of her performance and Deborah Warner’s production? 

The Guardian: ★ “Jackson’s performance catches perfectly the zigzag patterns of Lear’s mix of insight and insanity.”

The Telegraph: ★ “Some of those flourishes – including the lobbing of one of Gloucester’s eyeballs out into the audience – land in the zone of gimmickry, and the show is perhaps a little too pleased with itself. But having allowed Glenda to score such a blinder, who can blame it?”

The Stage: ★ “Lear is a remarkable act of stamina, memory and emotional reserves for any actor. It becomes, in Jackson’s initially ferocious and ultimately desperately vulnerable presence, a tour de force.”

Daily Mail:  “Thanks to its magnetic star this show is undeniably theatrical.”

The Arts Desk: “Often dwarfed by those around her she is, nevertheless, every inch a king”

The Times:  “There’s no point in going if you want to stay in your comfort zone.”

Theatre Cat:  “It could have been one of the great Lears, and its star certainly is. But not the frame she shines in.”

Time Out:  “I wonder if Jackson’s performance really gains anything from Warner’s production, but fair play to her for pairing with an interesting director for this comeback.”

Live Theatre UK:  “Melling and Gavan show that the future for great classical acting is not as grim as might otherwise be thought given the limitations of this production.”

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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