Day 6

After a 25 year absence, Glenda Jackson returns to the stage as King Lear

The latest production of King Lear just finished its first week at the legendary Old Vic theatre in London, England. It's been getting rave reviews, most notably for the fact that Lear is played by a woman, specifically 80-year-old Academy Award winning actor turned Labour MP Glenda Jackson who has returned to the stage after a 25-year absence. Theatre critic Lucinda Everett has an audio review.
Glenda Jackson as Hedda Gabler in Ibsen's 'Hedda', directed by Trevor Nunn, in 1975. (Getty Images)

One particularly stubborn glass ceiling was famously not shattered this week. But in London, England, an 80-year-old actor-turned-politician returned to the stage to break new ground. 

Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson wrapped up her first week playing the lead role in the latest production of King Lear at the legendary Old Vic theatre in London, England.

Jackson hasn't set foot onstage for 25 years — mostly because she's been too busy as an MP in the British Parliament. And yet, for her comeback, she chose one of the most physically and emotionally demanding roles in theatre. 

What's On Theatre critic Lucinda Everett says Jackson nailed the performance, and offered audiences the chance to re-imagine Lear.

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The latest production of King Lear just finished its first week at the legendary Old Vic theatre in London, England. The lead is 80-year-old Academy Award winning actor turned Labour MP Glenda Jackson who has returned to the stage after a 25 year absence

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