British actors bid to take on Broadway this season.
Never let it be said that British actors don’t know how to work a trend! Broadway’s new season is jam-packed full of UK talent and here we take a quick look at who’s doing who (sorry, what) on the Great White Way.
Orlando Bloom, Romeo and Juliet
Orlando is making his Broadway debut this month, joining Condola Rashad in Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. And he’s causing quite a stir by all accounts, with the stage door offering scenes of mayhem on a nightly basis!
Richard Rodgers Theatre – opens on 19 September 2013.
Roger Rees, The Winslow Boy
Tony Winner and Welsh actor Roger Rees pairs up with Oscar and Tony nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio for Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy, as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new season. Roger is still probably best known for appearing in Cheers and The West Wing, but has garnered Olivier and Tony Awards for his The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and a Tony nod for Indiscretions. The Winslow Boy had a recent London outing at the Old Vic Theatre starring Henry Goodman as Arthur Winslow.
American Airlines Theatre – opens on 17 October 2013.
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, Betrayal
This comes under “First Night we’d go to prison to attend” as James Bond actor Daniel Craig teams up will real-life wife Rachel Weisz for a bit of Harold Pinter love triangle – with our own Rafe Spall no less getting in on the action! Directed by Mike Nichols, this is the show that WE NEED TO SEE.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre – opens on 27 October 2013.
Anne-Marie Duff, Macbeth
Enough of James McAvoy stealing all the limelight in the Macbeth arena I hear you cry! His wife Anne-Marie Duff hot-foots it to Broadway following her Strange Interlude at the National to pair up with Ethan Hawke as the Macbeth couple (from hell). If it goes well might we see husband and wife tackle Macbeth together at some point? Directed by Jack O’Brien, Anne-Marie will be making her New York stage debut in the drama, and we await news of Broadway being officially WOWED.
Vivian Beaumont Theater – opens on 21 November 2013.
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night and Richard III
Clearly winning two Tony awards is not enough for Mark Rylance as he takes his two recent Globe Theatre productions to Broadway to play Olivia in Twelfth Night and Richard III.
Belasco Theatre – opens on 10 November 2013.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land
You can imagine the conversation whilst the two Sirs sat slumped in their winnebegos on the set of The X-Men. “Wouldn’t it be maaarvellous to put on a show?!” Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart clearly had a great time performing Waiting for Godot in London last year and so are taking the show to Broadway. And to keep things fresh they will also revive Pinter’s No Man’s Land for fun! The pair are ably supported by Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley.
Cort Theatre – opens on 24 November 2013.