McPherson's Seafarer to Arrive on Broadway One Day Early

News   McPherson's Seafarer to Arrive on Broadway One Day Early The National Theatre of Great Britain's upcoming production of The Seafarer, which was scheduled to begin previews Oct. 31 at the Booth Theatre, will now arrive one day earlier on Oct. 30. The official opening night remains Nov. 15.

(from top): Olivier Award winner Jim Norton and Conleth Hill will reprise their roles in the Broadway production of The Seafarer.
(from top): Olivier Award winner Jim Norton and Conleth Hill will reprise their roles in the Broadway production of The Seafarer.

Oct. 30 was actually the original preview date; however, when Sean Mahon replaced Richie Coster in the role of Nicky Giblin, previews were delayed a day. The acclaimed work will now premiere on the originally scheduled Oct. 30.

Conor McPherson's play, which was seen at the National's Cottesloe, also features Ciarán Hinds, Conleth Hill, David Morse and Jim Norton. Hill and Norton both appeared in the U.K. production. Playwright McPherson also directs.

The Seafarer, a "chilling new play about the sea, Ireland, and the power of myth," is described as such: "It's Christmas Eve and Sharky (Morse) has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother (Norton) who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan (Hill) and Nicky (Coster) are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger (Hinds) from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul."

The Seafarer made its world premiere in 2006, earning an Olivier nomination for Best New Play and an Olivier Award for Jim Norton for Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

The design team comprises Rae Smith (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design) and Mathew Smethurst-Evans (sound design).

Boyett Ostar Productions is producing the Broadway production. McPherson is author of The Weir and Shining City.

The Booth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 222 West 45th Street. Tickets will be priced $76.50-$96.50 and will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. An on sale date will be announced shortly.

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