The Public Theater has announced that it will mount the first major New York revival of David Hare's Plenty in the fall as part of its 2016-17 season. The award-winning, post-World War II drama will be directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux and will feature Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.
“Plenty is one of the great plays of the post-war era, and certainly its critical production was one of the high points of The Public Theater’s existence,” said artistic director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. “Now, over 30 years later, Plenty is a story of optimism and disillusionment that carries an entirely new power. We are thrilled to be welcoming David Hare back to the theater that was his first American home.”
Originally directed by Hare himself, Plenty premiered at The Public in 1982 to critical acclaim. It transferred to Broadway the following year and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. It tells the story of a British secret agent, who will be played by Weisz, who flies into France during the Second World War. It is billed as an "endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war."
Performance dates will be announced at a later date, and tickets will be available later in the year. Public Theater memberships are available by calling (212) 967-7555, publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette St.