Concurrent with Off-Broadway's production of Jon Marans' drama, Old Wicked Songs is the U.K. staging, which opens Nov. 18 in the West End, starring Bob Hoskins.
The two-character play will start at the Old Vic in Bristol (Oct. 17-Nov. 9) and then move to the Gielgud Theatre in London, beginning an open run Nov. 18.
Old Wicked Songs marks Bob Hoskins' first theatrical role in 14 years. He plays Josef Mashkan, a feisty Viennese music professor who comes up against his most challenging pupil (James Callas), an arrogant piano virtuoso. Hoskins' best known film roles include the leads in Mona Lisa, The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Hoskins' stage work includes appearances in The Duchess Of Malfi, Guys And Dolls, As You Like It and King Lear. Co-star James Callis is making his professional stage debut in Old Wicked Songs, although his own play, The Leech, was produced at Hampstead's New End Theatre. A finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize, Songs is directed in London by Elijah Moshinsky. The Off-Broadway production, directed by Seth Barrish, stars Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk. (The latter replaced Michael Stuhlbarg for the show's commercial run when Stuhlbarg was picked for Broadway's Taking Sides.)
For tickets and information on the New York production of Old Wicked Songs, call the Promenade Theatre at (212) 580-1313.