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Boxing Day broadcast of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson cancelled

Glenda Jackson in King Lear at the Old Vic. Photo: Tristram Kenton Glenda Jackson in King Lear at the Old Vic. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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A planned BBC Radio 4 adaptation of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson has been cancelled.

The radio version of the Old Vic play was scheduled to run on Boxing Day, but a spokeswoman for the broadcaster confirmed that this would not be going ahead.

It is understood that the the complexities of making the audio version of the production work were too great.

A spokeswoman for Radio 4 confirmed the cancellation was not “connected to Glenda in any way” and said a documentary about the play was still scheduled to air on the station.

She told The Stage: “Every now and then we have to make changes to our scheduling. We were looking forward to bringing King Lear to Radio 4 audiences this Boxing Day, but unfortunately on this occasion we were not able to progress with this production as planned.”

King Lear marked Jackson’s return to The Stage for the first time in 25 years.

The production at the Old Vic is running until December 3.

In The Stage’s review, Jackson’s performance was hailed as a “tour de force”.

Last week, playwright Ronald Harwood criticised women taking on male Shakespeare roles, adding that he had “no interest” in seeing her performance.

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