Even if Equity were willing, Michael Gambon will not be extending his Tony-touted performance in Skylight beyond the scheduled cut-off date, Dec. 28. "I have another job to go to--a play in London called Tom and Clem," he offered by way of an explanation. "I may have made a mistake when I took it because you might think Skylight on Broadway might lead to other things, but I'm of that generation where I always take the work that I get offered."
Tom and Clem is a comedy set in the '50s about two English politicians, both left-wing socialists and both now deceased. Clement Atlee was leader of the English Labor Party, and Tom Driberg was a rather flamboyant homosexual and member of Parliament who was made a Lord and behaved quite shockingly.
Gambon, who plays the rampantly heterosexual lead in Skylight, will play the gay character Tom and Clem. Alec McCowen, an avowed gay in real life, will essay Atlee.