John Lithgow to play 'King Lear' in Central Park

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NEW YORK (AP) — John Lithgow, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater are all returning to Central Park's Delacorte Theatre this summer for another round of Shakespeare in the Park.

The Public Theater said Thursday that Rabe and Linklater will tackle "Much Ado About Nothing" from June 3 -July 6 under the direction of Jack O'Brien, while Lithgow will play the addled monarch in "King Lear" from July 22-Aug. 17 with Daniel Sullivan directing.

Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun") last performed at the Delacorte Theater as Laertes in "Hamlet" in 1975. Linklater ("The Crazy Ones") most recently performed there in "The Comedy of Errors" last summer, while Rabe ("American Horror Story") was in the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It."

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