The Visitor , the Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt play to star Eli Wallach under Sir Peter Hall's direction, has been indefinitely postponed, said a spokesperson at Hall's London office.
The play was to have opened at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre this spring, but lost its place when the hit Zoe Wanamaker production of Electra was extended through March. Shortly after, plans for a London staging of The Visitor were announced for mid-January. That plan has apparently fallen through. The Shuberts were to have produced.
Wallach was to have played famed Father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, in Jeremy Sams' adaptation of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Nazi drama. In the play, Nazi officers try to persuade Freud to sign a document endorsing the Nazi party.
Wallach last appeared on the New York stage in the recent Off-Broadway hit Visiting Mr. Green. Other credits from his long career include Cafe Crown, Rhinoceros, and This Property Is Condemned.
Sir Peter Hall, whose most recent Broadway credit was the lauded revival of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, has frequently visited New York to stage such plays as The Merchant of Venice, Orpheus Descending and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun. During his crowded career, he has headed both the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960-68) and the Royal National Theatre (1963-88). For the last decade, he has produced plays under the flag of his own Peter Hall Company. -- By Robert Simonson and Terri Paddock