Popular Primo Extends on Broadway One Week to Aug. 14

News   Popular Primo Extends on Broadway One Week to Aug. 14 The National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Primo, based on Primo Levi's memoir, "If This Is a Man," and starring Antony Sher, has extended its run until Aug. 14—a total of seven extra performances.

Primo experienced a surge at the Broadway box office following the critical raves it received upon opening July 11. A show spokesperson did not specify a dollar amount, but said sales were "through the roof" and the show was doing "incredibly well."

The extension is notable in that Sher has made it clear in the past that he wanted to keep the number of performances low, because the harrowing nature of the material exacts a heavy toll on him.

Richard Wilson directs the play, which features an adaptation by Sher. The show is produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt.

Primo features Antony Sher as Italian chemist and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Levi's 1947 memoir chronicles the time he spent in a concentration camp during the final year of World War II. Primo was a hit last fall at the National's Cottesloe Theatre, subsequently playing Cape Town, South Africa, before returning to London at the Hampstead Theatre.

The piece plays 90 intermissionless minutes and features Sher in plain clothes as a postwar Levi directly telling the audience of his horrific life in the Nazi death camp. Sher is the first person given permission by the Levi estate to adapt the late author's work for the stage. The creative team for Primo comprises Hildegard Bechtler (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Rich Walsh (sound design) and Jonathan Goldstein (music).

Antony Sher received Olivier Awards for his performances in the London productions of Torch Song Trilogy and Stanley and an Evening Standard Award for his work in Richard III. His numerous theatrical credits also include roles in John Paul George Ringo and Bert, The Glad Hand, Prayer for My Daughter, Cloud Nine, Goosepimples, King Lear, Moliere, Tartuffe, Maydays, Red Noses, The Merchant of Venice, The Revenger's Tragedy, Hello and Goodbye, Singer, Tamburlaine the Great, Travesties, True West, The Trial, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Uncle Vanya and Titus Andronicus.

Sher made his Broadway debut in 1997 in Stanley, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance.

Primo plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting the Music Box Theatre box office at 239 West 45th Street.

Antony Sher in <i>Primo</i>
Antony Sher in Primo Photo by Ivan Kyncl
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