Hayley Mills, Judith Ivey and Paxton Whitehead open Off-Broadway in Noel Coward's Suite in Two Keys at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 10 . John Tillinger is helming both of the Noel Coward plays that comprise Suite, which stars former child star Hayley Mills. The show began previews on March 28.
As reported earlier, Tillinger replaced Miranda d'Ancona as director for both Coward plays, but d’Ancona is still the producer of the show.
Marking Mills' New York Theatre debut, Suite in Two Keys was originally planned for a December run but was delayed while producers secured a suitable Off Broadway theatre.
Suite is being produced by Mirage Theatre Company (Miranda d'Ancona and Doris Kaufman) and StageWrite Entertainment Inc. (Todd Alan Price), Jonathan Reinis Productions and Robert O'Leary.
An evening of two one-act plays, Coward's Suite comprises Shadows of the Evening and A Song at Twilight. Both were originally presented in 1965 in London's West End with Noel Coward, Lilli Palmer and Irene Worth. This production coincides with the centennial of the playwright's birth. In London, the plays were done under the title Noel Coward's Suite in Three Keys and included A Song at Twilight as a full length play in rep with the shorter Shadows of the Evening and Come Into the Garden Maud. On Broadway in 1974, Song and Maud were done under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys, with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Anne Baxter. Mills was a child film star who was seen in "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap." Whitehead's credits include Run for Your Wife and Artist®AP