David Hare's Breath of Life Due on Broadway in Fall 2003

News   David Hare's Breath of Life Due on Broadway in Fall 2003 Playwright David Hare expects his work back on Broadway in fall 2003 with the arrival of Breath of Life, the West End's current sell-out smash starring Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench.

Although Hare did not mention the casting, Smith and Dench are expected to follow the play across the Atlantic. Hare told Playbill On-Line Jan. 9 that he figured Breath of Life could run forever on the strength of their performances, if Smith were not being called away to film the third installment of the "Harry Potter" series. "From the first preview, the audience understood they were seeing two fantastic actresses and I don't think there has been an empty seat since," Hare said.

Directed by Howard Davies, Breath of Life explores the relationship of two women whose lives are linked by a man. During a single, extraordinary night, Madeleine Palmer (Smith), a retired curator, and Angela Beale (Dench), a popular novelist, who have met only once before, spend an evening together in a way that echoes the hidden courses of their lives.

In 1999, Hare experienced a Broadway triple play when his Amy's View (starring Dench), Via Dolorosa (which marked Hare's acting debut) and The Blue Room (which starred Nicole Kidman) opened over one season. Other works include The Judas Kiss, Skylight, Racing Demon and Plenty. Film pundits have mentioned Hare as a possible Academy Award nominee for adapting Michael Cunningham's book, "The Hours," into a film, which also stars Kidman.