Scheduled to open Dec. 9 at the Taper at the Los Angeles Music Center in California, the comedy will perform through Jan. 23, 2005. The comedy of errors classic is set among the London aristocracy in the 1770s. When Sir Peter Teazle takes a young wife, the gossipmongers run amok with wild rumors of her involved with a younger gentleman.
Bedford directs and appears in the cast that also features Ted Barton, Kandis Chappell, Julia Coffey, Jenna Cole, John Cunningham, Kate Fry, Edward Hibbert, Timothy Edward Kane, Leonard Kelly-Young, Tim Monsion, Marianne Muellerleile, Kevin O'Donnell, Scott Parkinson, Don Reilly, Sharon Sachs, Devon Sorvari, Eric Strickland and Nick Ullett.
The design team for The School for Scandal includes Edward E. Haynes Jr. (scenic adapted from original design by Ann Curtis), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Robert Wierzel (lighting) and Jon Gottlieb (sound). The production features original music by Karl Fredrik Lundeberg. Mary K Klinger serves as the production stage manager.
Bedford was last seen on Broadway in Tartuffe which earned the actor his fifth straight Tony Award nomination. His previously acclaimed appearances were in London Assurance, The Molière Comedies, Timon of Athens and Two Shakespearean Actors. Other Broadway credits include The Misanthrope, Jumpers, Private Lives and The Cocktail Party.
Playwright Sheridan's other oft-revived comedy, The Rivals, is slated to open on Broadway Dec. 16 at Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The cast includes Richard Easton, Dana Ivey and Brian Murray under the direction of Mark Lamos.
Tickets to The School for Scandal at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 North Grand Ave. in Los Angeles, CA can be purchased by calling (213) 628-2772 or on-line at www.TaperAhmanson.com.