Can you see the Olivier Award(s) in the horizon? It's a likely winner, considering Gerald Gutierrez's revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance starring Elaine Stritch, Mary Beth Hurt, George Grizzard and Rosemary Harris stole the 1996 Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Direction of Play, and Best Leading Actor (Grizzard). Now London audiences will come into their own Balance, when Albee's dysfunctional family drama opens at the Haymarket Theatre, Oct. 21.
Starring in Balance will be Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, Annette Crosbie, Sian Thomas, James Laurenson and John Standing. Anthony Page, who won a Tony for staging the recent Broadway A Doll's House, directs.
Balance first comes to Edinburgh, Sept. 14-27, then tours to Bath, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 and to Cardiff, Oct. 5-11, before settling into the West End.
A Pulitzer Prize-winner, A Delicate Balance originally opened on Broadway in 1966. The play looks at a rich but unhappy extended family -- including two aging neighbors who are afraid to leave.
Smith starred on Broadway in Lettice & Lovage (1990) and in As You Like It and Private Lives, both at Ontario's Stratford Festival in 1978. Atkins' previous credits include Virginia Woolf in Vita And Virginia, for which she won Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards; and Leonie in Indiscretions, which netted her a Tony nomination. She made her Broadway debut in 1966's The Killing Of Sister George.
Other plays by Albee include The Zoo Story, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Seascape.
The commercial run has no specified closing date and will take the holiday week of Dec. 22 off.