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Frasier star Kelsey Grammer: ‘I’d like to give Ian McKellen a run for his money and play Lear in London’

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Frasier star Kelsey Grammer has revealed his ambition to play King Lear in the UK.

He added he could give Ian McKellen “a run for his money”.

The American actor was speaking as he launched Man of La Mancha, which he will star in at the London Coliseum later this year.

He said he wanted to tackle Shakespeare’s King Lear in the future.

“That is one I think I ought to cover one of these days. Hell, I would still like to do Hamlet but I am afraid I am a little long in the tooth,” he said.

Speaking about how English audiences would receive him he said: “It might cause a little bit of a stir. I am not Ian McKellen but I bet I could give him a run for his money.”

The actor also revealed he would like to see the Gary Barlow musical Finding Neverland run in the UK, following its stint on Broadway in 2015/16. It was previously reported that the show would open in London in 2017.

He said he had spoken to Barlow about it playing here, but admitted there had been “challenges” with the show, including creative differences with producer Harvey Weinstein.

“The opening of the show was elusive and I know they had creative differences with Harvey at the time, but it’s not his show now so they can probably go in and try and so some other things,” he said.

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