Stage Review

King Lear (2004 - 2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Opening Date: Feb 11, 2004; Lead Performance: Christopher Plummer; Director: Jonathan Miller

Looking like Albus Dumbledore gone haywire, Christopher Plummer embodies the aged charm and seismic ferocity of Shakespeare's tragic monarch, shifting from an endearing old lug to a bedeviled loon to a pitiable fool over the course of this three-hour-plus show. Supported by a fine cast (including Brent Carver as the heroic Edgar and James Blendick as the sympathetic Gloucester), all richly attired in Clare Mitchell's meticulous Elizabethan costumes, Plummer truly carries a thoroughly solid -- but solidly unspectacular -- production. (TC)

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints