Monday, May 23, 2011

Derek Jacobi as King Lear

Went to a mesmerizing performance of King Lear at BAM last week. From the opening scene in which Lear --just on the other side of his physical powers--sweeps across the stage, removes his own crown from his own head only to bend it simperingly to hear the honey'd words of his daughters--to the last scene in which he carries his dead daughter Cordelia across the same stage lying her down to see in vain if a faint breath form her lips can be detected, the performance was magnificent and heart-breaking. Ben Brantley's review in the NY Times is here.  In November 2010, Derek Jacobi talked to the Guardian about the role and his life.

Yes, BAM still has the occasional ticket through a cancellation. That's how I got mine...

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