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King Lear

Old Vic, 25th October to 3rd December; Barbican, 10th November to 23rd December

Glenda Jackson quit the stage in 1990 with a rampageous performance in Bertholt Brecht’s Mother Courage. After 23 years as a Labour MP, she’s back, aged 80, as King Lear. It will be fascinating to see if Jackson’s ferocity and faculties are in working order before, in character, she loses them in this demanding tragedy. Since her neurasthenic Ophelia to David Warner’s Hamlet…

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