"Ally McBeal" actress Calista Flockhart will star in a new production of Philip Barry's urbane comedy, The Philadelphia Story, at London's Shaftsbury Theater, reported Variety March 19. Arvin Brown will direct and Duncan C. Weldon is producer. The play is set to begin previews May 21 for a June opening.
Flockhart will play the icy, but beautiful heiress Tracy Lord, a part played by Katharine Hepburn both on Broadway and on screen. No other stars have been named. In the play, the headstrong Tracy is set to marry pompous, stuffed-shirt George Kittredge—that is, unless her ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven and romantic novelist-reporter Macaulay Conner can't talk her out of it.
After a couple seasons in Hollywood, Flockhart returned to the stage in the summer of 1999 for the Off-Broadway premiere of Neil LaBute's bash.
Flockhart's agent could not immediately confirm the booking.
—By Robert Simonson