The play originally bowed in 1938 starring Dame Sybil Thorndike as Mrs. Conway. When this production begins performances September 14 at the American Airlines Theatre, Elizabeth McGovern will return to Broadway in the leading role.
Set in 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway is looking hopefully to the future during her daughter’s 21st birthday celebration. Fast-forward 19 years and everything has changed for the Conways.
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McGovern, who is now best known for her Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated turn as Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey, was last seen on Broadway as Ophelia in the 1992 revival of Hamlet, starring Stephen Lang. Prior to that, she made her Broadway debut in the original Love Letters in 1989.
McGovern was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Evelyn Nesbit in the film version of Ragtime. A graduate of Juilliard, she won a Theatre World Award for her work in My Sister in This House and performed in such plays as As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Three Sisters in the United States. Her London theatre credits include Hurlyburly at the Old Vic, Three Days of Rain at the Donmar Warehouse, The Misanthrope at the Young Vic, among others.
Time and the Conways will run a limited engagement through November 26, directed by Indecent’s Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman. Additional casting has not yet been announced.