National Theatre Revival of Jumpers to Begin Broadway Previews in April

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The National Theatre’s praised hit production of Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers will begin previews on Broadway in April, just in time for Tony Award consideration.
Essie Davis and Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers
Essie Davis and Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers Photo by Catherine Ashmore

A recent casting notice indicated that the play would officially open in the same month, with rehearsals beginning in March. Producing are Bob Boyett, Bill Haber of Oster Enterprises and Nederlander Productions, Inc. Boyett and Haber have a deal with the National Theatre, giving them first stab at Broadway transfers of their productions. A spokesperson in Boyett's office said the transfer was "definitely happening."

No theatre was mentioned in the casting notice, but the New York Post reported earlier that the show's home may be Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

The Post also said that the producers were in negotiations with Actors' Equity to bring over the entire 21-member British cast of the play, led by Simon Russell Beale. The showmen are asking to retain the original ensemble because Jumpers director David Leveaux, currently busy with the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, would not have time to recast.

Jumpers will become the first NT show Boyett and Haber will bring to New York. They are also interested in Michael Frayn's Democracy and a new revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, the marathon O'Neill play starring Helen Mirren that recently opened to good reviews.

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