The Lincoln Center Theatre revival of Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon will end its Broadway run on June 27. The production began previews at the Belasco Theatre on April 3 and opened April 28.
The starry production was originally to feature theatre veteran and three time Tony-winner Irene Worth. But Worth was felled by a stroke shortly before the show's first performance, causing the production to delay its first preview from April 1 to April 3.
Marian Seldes, who had been scheduled to perform the lead role of Madame Desmermortes only on Saturday matinees, stepped into Worth's shoes. Though it was hoped that Worth would eventually resume her role, she never returned to Moon; Seldes remained with the show during the entire run, even earning a Tony nomination for her trouble.
Worth's career spans 50 years. She won a Tony Award for both Tiny Alice and Lost in Yonkers, as well as a 1975-76 revival of Sweet Bird of Youth. Off-Broadway work included a Public Theatre staging of Coriolanus, opposite Morgan Freeman.
Seldes's vast theater credits include the original U.S. productions of Three Tall Women, A Delicate Balance and Deathtrap. For LCT, she appeared in Ivanov last season with Kevin Kline. The Lincoln Center Theater revival of Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon also stars English actor Toby Stephens, Simon Jones, Frances Conroy, Candy Buckley, Richard Clarke, Haviland Morris, Derek Smith, Gretchen Egolf, Joyce Van Patten and Fritz Weaver. Gerald Gutierrez directs.
Ring Round The Moon concerns twins brothers and the old woman who tries to control them. Stephens will play twins in the drama, while Worth will be the old aunt.
Anouilh was last represented on Broadway by the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of The Rehearsal, starring Francis Conroy and Roger Rees. His other plays included Antigone, The Cry of the Peacock, and The Waltz of the Toreadors
For information on Ring Round The Moon, call (212) 239 6200.