Arcadia, With Billy Crudup, Delays Broadway Arrival to Feb. 26

News   Arcadia, With Billy Crudup, Delays Broadway Arrival to Feb. 26
 
The Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which was originally scheduled to begin previews Feb. 25 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, will now begin one day later, producers announced Feb. 3.

The new start date of Feb. 26 will provide the cast an additional day of rehearsals. According to representatives, several cast members from the UK faced delays in visa processing and the recent winter weather has cut into rehearsal time. Opening night remains March 17.

Arcadia returns to Broadway following an acclaimed 2009 London revival, which five-time Tony Award-nominated director David Leveaux staged at the Duke of York's Theatre. Leveaux will repeat his duties for the Broadway revival. Arcadia is billed as a limited engagement through June 19.

Tony Award winner Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia, The Pillowman), who originated the role of Septimus Hodge in the play's 1995 Broadway debut, will play Bernard Nightingale in the revival. The cast also features Raul Esparza (Company, The Homecoming) as Valentine Coverlyk, Margaret Colin (Old Acquaintance) as Lady Croom, Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening) as Captain Brice, Grace Gummer (Much Ado About Nothing) as Chloë Coverly, Edward James Hyland (Festen) as Jellaby, Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice) as Richard Noakes, Bel Powley (Tusk Tusk) as Thomasina Coverly, Tom Riley (Hurts Given and Received) as Septimus Hodge, Noah Robbins (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Secrets of the Trade) as Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly, David Turner (The Invention of Love) as Ezra Chater and Lia Williams (Skylight, The Homecoming) as Hannah Jarvis.

Hildegard Bechtler, who rendered the scenic designs for the London revival, will also design the Broadway production. The creative team will also include Gregory Gale (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting), David Van Tieghem (sound), Corin Buckeridge (music) and Jodi Moccia (choreography).

The Broadway revival is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Roger Berlind, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott M. Delman, Robert G. Bartner, Olympus Theatricals and Doug Smith. Arcadia, according to producers, "is set in April 1809 in a stately home in Derbyshire. Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard (Williams and Crudup) are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth."

Tom Stoppard is a four-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His works for the stage also include Rock 'n' Roll, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Jumpers, Artist Descending a Staircase and Night and Day. Stoppard won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love."

Leveaux staged the Broadway revivals of Stoppards Jumpers and The Real Thing. On Broadway he has also directed Cyrano de Bergerac, The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Betrayal, Electra, Anna Christie, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Miss Julie.

For tickets visit Telecharge. The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.

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