Dame Maggie Smith Is a Lady in London Albee Revival, Opening March 20

News   Dame Maggie Smith Is a Lady in London Albee Revival, Opening March 20 The London revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque — starring Maggie Smith in the title role — officially opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket March 20.
Maggie Smith and Vivienne Benesch in the West End revival of The Lady from Dubuque.
Maggie Smith and Vivienne Benesch in the West End revival of The Lady from Dubuque. Photo by John Haynes

Previews of Anthony Page's production, delayed by three days due to Smith (72) falling ill with the flu, began March 6. The cast also includes Catherine McCormack (in the role of Jo), who was last seen in the West End in an adaptation of The 39 Steps. Joining Smith and McCormack are Robert Sella as Sam, Chris Larkin (Edgar), Peter Francis James (Oscar), Vivienne Benesch (Lucinda), Jennifer Regan (Carol) and Glenn Fleshler (Fred).

American actors Benesch, Fleshler, James, Regan and Sella are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

Page directed the acclaimed New York revival of Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, starring Tony winner Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner, who was nominated for a Best Actress Olivier and won an Evening Standard Award for her performance in the London run.

The design team comprises Hildegard Bechtler (set design), Amy Roberts (costume design) and Howard Harrison (lighting design). Producers are Robert Fox, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and The Shubert Organization.

The Lady From Dubuque, according to a press notice, is described thusly: "Jo and Sam are having a party. As the evening wears and guests and hosts alike become less congenial, it becomes clear that the thrust and parry of chatter at this gathering isn't completely frivolous — something dark is at rest behind Jo's biting humour. As the party breaks up and everyone seeks his own solace, an unexpected guest and her mysterious companion arrive. Will she bring Jo comfort? And are Jo and Sam ready to accept what this lady has to offer?" The play debuted on Broadway in 1980.

The Lady From Dubuque offers performances Mondays-Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 PM.

The production is currently booking until June 9. Call 0870 145 1171 for tickets.

Jennifer Regan, Robert Sella, Chris Larkin, Maggie Smith and Vivienne Benesch in <i> The Lady from Dubuque</i>.
Jennifer Regan, Robert Sella, Chris Larkin, Maggie Smith and Vivienne Benesch in The Lady from Dubuque. Photo by John Haynes
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