'King Lear' to End Broadway Run

Brigitte Lacombe
'King Lear'

Sam Gold's production, which stars Glenda Jackson and Ruth Wilson, was originally scheduled to run through July 7, but the date got pushed earlier due to soft ticket sales and mixed reviews.

The Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is closing its curtains. 

Producer Scott Rudin announced Saturday that King Lear will play its final performance at the Cort Theatre on Sunday, June 9. The production was originally scheduled to run through July 7, but the date got pushed earlier due to soft ticket sales and mixed reviews. Last week, the production faced its poorest sales to date, earning just $358,474 and playing to 65 percent capacity. Total sales as of Sunday, May 26, are $6.5 million. 

Directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, King Lear stars two-time Academy Award winner, Emmy winner and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson in the title role. Co-stars include Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Pedro Pascal, Aisling O’Sullivan and Ruth Wilson. 

The news of the production's ending arrives after Wilson received a Tony nomination for featured actress, the sole recognition received by the Shakespeare revival in the upcoming Broadway season honors. The nom marks Wilson's second Tony mention, with her first having been for Constellations in 2015. 

King Lear began previews Feb. 28 and officially opened April 4 at the Cort Theatre in New York City. At the time of its closing, King Lear will have played 34 previews and 76 regular performances.