The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2376 Thursday, 05 December 2002
Date: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2002 22:54:20 -0500
Subject: Miller's Lear (Stratford, ON) starring Plummer to NYC?
From Toronto Star
Dec. 4, 2002. 01:20 AM
Lear for the Lincoln?
"Nothing is final yet, but we're all optimistic that Christopher Plummer
will be playing King Lear at Lincoln Center in 2004."
Antoni Cimolino, executive director of the Stratford Festival, shared
his enthusiasm with the Star after a weekend of meetings with New York's
prestigious Lincoln Center Theater.
Buzz about a Manhattan transfer of Plummer's successful performance as
the crazed monarch began back in September after New York Times theatre
critic Ben Brantley gave the veteran actor an unqualified rave.
Broadway heavyweights from the producing team of Fran and Barry Weissler
to the Tony Award-winning Roundabout Theatre all made their bids, but in
the end, Plummer wanted to go with Lincoln Center.
It was a wise choice on many levels.
The Vivian Beaumont Theater, where King Lear would be produced, is the
closest thing in New York City to a duplicate of the Festival Stage, and
would allow Jonathan Miller's sparse production to be reproduced to best
Lincoln Center also has one of the highest theatrical pedigrees in
America, and it has welcomed other Canadians in the past from Brent
Carver and Martha Henry to the late John Hirsch.
Cimolino admits that the Lear would not be a direct transfer of the
Stratford show, but would probably be a Lincoln Center production,
mounted in association with the Festival.
It is expected that some, but not all, of the cast would travel south,
and it's those details, as well as the financial arrangements, that are
yet to be settled.
Still, those with an optimistic turn of mind should begin making their
travel plans now for February, 2004, when Plummer will commence his
regal howl in a city well used to the raging of madmen.
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