The upcoming Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning drama M. Butterfly will begin previews October 7 at a theatre to be announced.
As previously reported, the production, directed by Julie Taymor, will officially open October 26.
Oscar-nominated British actor Clive Owen, most recently seen on Broadway in the Harold Pinter drama Old Times, will play the central character of Rene Gallimard, a married French diplomat in China who carries on a 20-year affair with a mysterious Chinese opera singer—all without realizing that the singer is a man.
Producers said the author will introduce “new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.”
Owen released an earlier statement saying, “I could not be more excited to take on such a complex and fascinating role for my return to Broadway. M. Butterfly offers a novel challenge with its inherent mystery and astonishing storyline. I’m looking forward to diving into the mind of Rene Gallimard and I can think of no one better than the brilliant Julie Taymor to bring this wonderful, daring, original play to life.”
Additional casting and the design team will be announced at a later date.
M. Butterfly will be produced on Broadway by Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, and Doug Morris (CEO, Sony Music).