Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton will repeat the roles they played in the London production of Peter Nichols' Day in the Death of Joe Egg when the play is presented at The Roundabout Theatre Company next year.
The announcement was not wholly unanticipated. Joe Egg was booked by the Roundabout after another production, Our Town was canceled. That the stars of the recent British staging would repeat their roles appeared a likely possibility.
The show will begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 14, 2003. Laurence Boswell will direct. Es Devlin will design the sets and costumes. The run will last until May 25.
Peter Nichols' black comedy, which concerns coping with a severely disabled child, played London's Comedy Theatre.
The show will mark Izzard's Broadway debut. In the past, the British comedian-actor, who often dons drag, has visited New York in one-man shows such as Circles and Dressed to Kill at downtown venues like P.S. 122. His West End acting credits, however, are fairly numerous. The original New York production of Joe Egg starred Albert Finney and Zena Walker, who won a Tony Award, and ran for 154 performances in 1968. Michael Blakemore directed. A 1985 revival starred Jim Dale and won a Tony Award for Stockard Channing. It ran for 93 performances.