Is Billy Crudup Heading Back to Broadway in Revival of Arcadia?

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Stage and screen star Billy Crudup will return to Broadway in 2011 in a revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, according to EW.com.

Crudup, who originated the role of Septimus Hodge in the play's 1995 Broadway debut, will now play the role of Bernard Nightingale, which was originated on Broadway by Victor Garber.

EW.com says the revival is expected to begin on Broadway in February 2011.

No official announcement about the production has been made.

Crudup made his professional stage debut at the Vineyard Theatre in Chiori Miyagawa's play America Dreaming in 1994. The star known for his film work in "Almost Famous," "Big Fish," "Watchmen" and "Public Enemies," has continued to pepper his film career with stage roles. The Tony Award winner for Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia has also starred on Broadway in The Pillowman, The Elephant Man and Arcadia.

Tom Stoppard's 1993 play Arcadia premiered at the National's Lyttelton Theatre in 1993 before transferring to the West End's Theatre Royal, Haymarket, and was subsequently presented at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater under the auspices of Lincoln Center Theater in 1995. Both the original West End and Broadway productions were directed by Trevor Nunn, and the play won both the Laurence Olivier Award and New York Drama Critics' Best New Play Award. In publicity materials for the 2009 London revival, the play is described as "a dazzling, witty masterpiece of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, resonating across centuries." The play is set in two time periods: in April 1809, at a stately home in Derbyshire, a gifted pupil called Thomasina proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth.

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