Lincoln Center Theater will bring Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton to Broadway in February 2003. The New York Times reports that the acclaimed play, which premiered at London's Royal National Theatre before transferring to the West End, will begin previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre on Feb. 13, 2003, prior to an official opening on March 6. (Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont is unavailable for the production, as the theatre will be undergoing renovations to its lobby and backstage areas at this time.) It also looks likely that two of the London leads — Clare Higgins and Jochem ten Haaf — will repeat their roles on these shores. The rest of the National Theatre cast included Emily Blunt, Emma Handy and Paul Nicholls.
Sir Richard Eyre, who received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for Best Director for his work on the revival of The Crucible, will helm the play as he did in London. Based on the early life of Vincent van Gogh, Vincent in Brixton is "about the transforming effect of love, sex and artistic adventure on unformed talent, and traces the birth of genius."
In an interview for the National Theatre's website, playwright Wright spoke about the play, which highlights Van Gogh's relationship with an older woman. The playwright commented on Van Gogh's artistic awakening coinciding with his sexual awakening: "That's just something I believe — that sexual awakening is essential to artistic awakening. I think the two almost go together. When a young person falls in love and particularly falls sexually in love, that's the moment when the whole human race seems to be transformed and you look at things in a different way. I think it's very hard to have the true artist's visionary experience of the world without having gone through that sexual, loving experience."