Israeli Actor Lior Ashkenazi to Play Lead Role in L.A. Shakespeare Play

'The Tempest' is a joint production by Shakespeare’s Old Globe Theater and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Lior Ashkenazi in September, 2017.
\ Moti Milrod

The Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi is set to star in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Los Angeles coming November in a joint production by Shakespeare’s Old Globe Theater and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“The Tempest,” written at the beginning of the 17th century, is believed to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. The lead, reportedly Ashkenazi’s role, is the magician Prospero who wants to take back his daughter Miranda’s rightful title as duchess of Milan from his brother, Antonio, and Alonso, king of Naples. The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote the music for The Tempest in the 1920s.

Ashkenazi, 49, is expected to fly to Los Angeles soon for rehearsals. The production will feature a live orchestra under the baton of the Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki, directed by Barry Edelstein and will be shown at least three times in November.

Several prominent actors have taken part in important productions in the United States over the past few months, among them Sasson Gabai in the Broadway production of “The Band’s Visit,” Shiri Maimon, who is opening next week in “Chicago” and Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye in an American tour of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Ashkenazi declined to respond to the report.