'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes won't helm next James Bond film

'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes won't helm next James Bond film

LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- British film director Sam Mendes says he has turned down an offer to helm a second James Bond movie after last year's blockbuster, "Skyfall."

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STAVANGER, Norway, July 2 (UPI) -- Norwegian energy company Statoil announced it made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the North Sea off the coast of Norway.
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Olympia Dukakis to play King Lear

Olympia Dukakis to play King Lear

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- Actress Olympia Dukakis is to play King Lear in a New York reading of Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Austin Pendleton to benefit Hero Theatre.
Grammer to star in drama pilot

Grammer to star in drama pilot

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Kelsey Grammer is to play a fictional Chicago mayor in a new drama series for Starz, Variety reported Friday.

Interest rate slash frenzy won't save the day

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- This is more than a global financial meltdown: Other major nations around the world this week are following U.S. President George W. Bush's lead in effectively dismantling the very structures of free-market capitalism.
Unclear whether Lear will be naked on PBS

Unclear whether Lear will be naked on PBS

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- PBS chief Paula Kerger told reporters in Los Angeles that she doesn't know yet if Ian McKellen's nude scene will appear in a PBS taping of his play "King Lear."
Knightley to play Cordelia in 'Lear'

Knightley to play Cordelia in 'Lear'

CANNES, France, May 19 (UPI) -- British actress Keira Knightley reportedly is to play Cordelia in an upcoming film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragic play "King Lear."

The tragedy of 'King Lear' tickets

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Tickets for Ian McKellan's U.S. performances of “King Lear” with the Royal Shakespeare Company are fetching record sums through online distributors.

McKellen to play Lear in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Actor Ian McKellen was set to begin playing the title role in Shakespeare’s "King Lear" Thursday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Playbill.com has reported.

Kline happy to return to Broadway stage

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Actor Kevin Kline says he is excited to be returning to the Broadway stage this fall in a revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac."

Garner to star in Broadway's 'Cyrano'

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner has signed on to star opposite Kevin Kline in a Broadway revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Variety.com reported Tuesday.

Canadian classical actor William Hutt dies

STRATFORD, Ontario, June 27 (UPI) -- William Hutt, a Canadian actor praised widely for his portrayals in classics like "King Lear", died Wednesday in Stratford, Ontario, at age 87.

Ian McKellen strips nude for 'King Lear'

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- Those planning to see the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "King Lear" in Britain should brace themselves for Ian McKellen's full monty scene.

Plummer, Dennehy set to 'Inherit the Wind'

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An upcoming Broadway production of the legal drama "Inherit the Wind" is set to have Tony Award winners Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer as its leads.
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King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is considered one of his greatest works. King Lear descends into madness after wrongly distributing his estate on the strength of flattery. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. It has been widely adapted for stage and screen, with the part of Lear played by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

There are two distinct versions of the play: The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, which appeared in quarto in 1608, and The Tragedy of King Lear, a more theatrical version, which appeared in the First Folio in 1623. The two texts are commonly printed in a conflated version, although many modern editors have argued that each version has its individual integrity.

After the Restoration, the play was often modified by theatre practitioners who disliked its dark and depressing tone, but since the 19th century it has been regarded as one of Shakespeare's supreme achievements. The tragedy is particularly noted for its probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship.

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