Flanagan Withdraws from London Glengarry; Opening Night Delayed

News   Flanagan Withdraws from London Glengarry; Opening Night Delayed The Oct. 10 opening of the London revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Jonathan Pryce and Aiden Gillen, has been postponed.
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Actor Anthony Flanagan, who was to play the role of office manager John Williamson, has withdrawn from the production, citing "personal reasons." James McDonald's production will now open on Oct. 12 with Peter McDonald (The Aristocrats, Resurrection Blues) taking over for Flanagan.

Flanagan performed in the production from the first preview on Sept. 27 until Oct. 4. The rest of the cast is unchanged and features Paul Freeman (Tooth of Crime and No End for the Royal Court); Matthew Marsh (The Lightening Play and, with Pryce The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, both at the Almeida); Tom Smith (Black Watch) and Shane Attwooll (The Buddy Holly Story).

In James Macdonald's production Pryce plays the desperate veteran salesman Shelly Levene, the role played by Jack Lemmon in the 1992 film version of Mamet's play. Pryce also appeared in the film, alongside Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.

Pryce was last seen in the West End in the Almeida production of Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? On Broadway his most recent stage credit was in Jack O'Brien's production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Gillen's stage credits include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me in the West End and the title role in the Almeida production of Platanov. In 2003 Gillen made his Broadway debut and received a Tony nomination for his performance in The Caretaker in which he appeared with Patrick Stewart and Kyle MacLachlan.

The West End production of Glengarry Glen Ross heralds Mamet's return to the London stage with a revival of Speed the Plow, starring Kevin Spacey, planned for the Old Vic in January 2008.

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