Antony Sher Brings London Hit Primo to Broadway, Beginning July 8

News   Antony Sher Brings London Hit Primo to Broadway, Beginning July 8 The National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Primo, which is based on Primo Levi's memoir, "If This Is a Man," begins performances at Broadway's Music Box Theatre July 8 with an official opening set for July 11.
Antony Sher in the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Primo.
Antony Sher in the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Primo. Photo by Ivan Kyncl

Richard Wilson directs the play, which features an adaptation by its star, Antony Sher. The show — produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt — will play a limited engagement at the Music Box of only 32 performances through Aug. 7.

Primo features Antony Sher as Italian chemist and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Levi's 1947 memoir chronicles the time he spent in a concentration camp during the final year of World War II. Primo was a hit last fall at the National's Cottesloe Theatre, subsequently playing Cape Town, South Africa, before returning to London at the Hampstead Theatre.

The piece plays 90 intermissionless minutes and features Sher in plain clothes as a postwar Levi directly telling the audience of his horrific life in the Nazi death camp. Sher is the first person given permission by the Levi estate to adapt the late author's work for the stage.

The creative team for Primo comprises Hildegard Bechtler (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Rich Walsh (sound design) and Jonathan Goldstein (music).

Antony Sher received Olivier Awards for his performances in the London productions of Torch Song Trilogy and Stanley and an Evening Standard Award for his work in Richard III. His numerous theatrical credits also include roles in John Paul George Ringo and Bert, The Glad Hand, Prayer for My Daughter, Cloud Nine, Goosepimples, King Lear, Moliere, Tartuffe, Maydays, Red Noses, The Merchant of Venice, The Revenger's Tragedy, Hello and Goodbye, Singer, Tamburlaine the Great, Travesties, True West, The Trial, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Uncle Vanya and Titus Andronicus. Sher made his Broadway debut in 1997 in Stanley, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance.

Primo will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting the Music Box Theatre box office at 239 West 45th Street.