Directed by Terry Johnson (current Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles), previews will begin at the Vaudeville Theatre June 30 with an official opening scheduled for July 13. Performances are currently scheduled to run through Sept. 11. Producers are The Old Vic Theatre Company/Old Vic Productions plc, Sonia Friedman Productions.
Kevin Spacey stated, "This is such an exciting development for The Old Vic and brings so many strong relationships together. First, to stage a production in the West End, taking our work to a new space and connecting with a wider audience. Second, I have long wanted to present a Neil Simon play in London. I adore his writing and we've had a great relationship over the years. Third, I will be delighted to welcome Jeff Goldblum back to London. We had such a great experience together in Speed-the-Plow and I couldn't be happier that he's going to appear in this remarkable play. We're looking forward to collaborating with Sonia Friedman again after our great success together with The Norman Conquests in New York."
Jeff Goldblum added, "I'm so grateful and thrilled about being back in London on the stage. My recent experience at The Old Vic was the best time I've ever had. To work with Kevin Spacey, my friend and a true genius, will be delicious. I'm also excited to be back with the entire group at The Old Vic - a sterling, nourishing and gorgeous family. And how delightful to be working with Terry Johnson. I've been in love with Neil Simon's work my whole life. He's not only a comic genius, as everyone knows, but sage in matters of the soul as well."
Set in the 1970's, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, according to press notes, is a "black comedy depicting a New York couple, Mel (Jeff Goldblum) and Edna Edison, enduring the trials and tribulations of city life. Mel is made redundant and the stress of an economic crisis and urban life pushes him into having a nervous breakdown. The family gathers to offer support, with Edna stoically bearing the burden of his disintegration and self-pity." The Prisoner of Second Avenue premiered on Broadway in 1971, starring Peter Falk and Lee Grant, where it ran for two years and received a Tony Award nomination. It was subsequently made into a film in 1975, starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft.
Rob Howell will design the production with lighting by Neil Austin. Additional casting to be announced.
Vaudeville Theatre is located at 404 Strand in London. For more information call the box office at 0844 412 4663 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.