August Strindberg's Dance of Death, which will receive a revival at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre this fall, will run 17 weeks only. No specific dates have been announced. As expected, the drama will star Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. Sean Mathias directs Richard Greenberg's translation.
McKellen was last seen on the New York stage when his Richard III visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music several years ago. The production was later made into a film. McKellen many other theatre credits include The Dutchess of Malfi and The Cherry Orchard. Mirren made her belated Broadway debut in the mid-90s in A Month in the Country at the Roundabout Theatre Company, starring opposite Ron Rifkin and F. Murray Abraham.
Dance of Death was written by the Swedish master in 1901 and belongs to Strindberg's later, expressionistic phase, a period which produced such classic works as The Ghost Sonata and The Dream Play.
The English Mathias is best known in America for his production of Indiscretions, a retitled reworking of French surrealist Jean Cocteau's Les Parents Terribles. The Broadway production starred Eileen Atkins, Kathleen Turner, Roger Rees, Cynthia Nixon and Jude Law.
Greenberg's many works include Three Days of Rain and Night and Her Stars. A couple of other Greenberg plays may reach New York in the coming season. The Dazzle has long been scheduled for a Drama Dept. staging. And the dramatist's latest, Everett Beekin, premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre last fall and is now reportedly looking for a home in Manhattan. The idea of a Broadway production of the often-forbidding Strindberg is not as outlandish as it might seem. A mounting of The Father, starring Frank Langella, was a hit for the Roundabout Theatre Company in the mid-90s.