As reported earlier on Playbill On-Line, one of the West End's current success stories, Private Lives at the Albery Theatre, is due to transfer to New York next year. A likely theatre for the venture, according to Variety, may be the Richard Rodgers, which is soon to lose its current tenant, 45 Seconds from Broadway.
The production, starring Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan, with Adam Godley and Emma Fielding, and directed by Howard Davies, is booked into the Albery until January 2002.
Producer Duncan Weldon has confirmed that he hopes to take the production to Broadway "somewhere in the first half of next year," but no further details are currently available.
The revival hit the West End Sept. 21, opening Oct. 4. Rickman and Duncan played opposite each other in Les Liasons Dangereues in the mid-1980s.
The play, with (after Romeo and Juliet) the best known balcony scene in theatre history, was performed at the National in 1999, the year of Coward's centenary, with Juliet Stevenson and Anton Lesser; and at the Aldwych, starring Joan Collins and Keith Baxter, in 1990.