April showers are ostensibly through, but don’t tell that to Sir Derek Jacobi, who will call down cataracts, hurricanes, lightning, thunder, and assorted extreme weather onto the stage of Brooklyn’s BAM Harvey Theater for this production of King Lear. Jacobi stars as the titular monarch of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy in a production directed by Michael Grandage that originated at London’s Donmar Warehouse and which the Daily Telegraph critic called “the finest and most searching Lear I have ever seen.” Inspired by a myth of ancient Britain, the play concerns a king who decides to divide his estate among his three daughters, with tempestuous results. In an intimate space like the Harvey, the front rows just might be splash rows! O
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 28. Continues through June 5, 2011

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