The Roundabout Theatre Company, responding to delays in the construction of its new home, the former Selwyn Theatre on West 42nd Street, has announced that it will delay moving in until April 11. This means that Roundabout's first production there, Uncle Vanya, will be postponed and not officially open until April 30.
The scope of work at the Selwyn is extraordinary and Roundabout has hosted tours of the site for journalists on more than once occasion. The nonprofit theatre company is pursuing a full restoration and remodelling there, with painstaking attention to detail and the installation of modern amenities.
Asked to comment on the possibility of additional delays and the effect such postponements might have on the Roundabout's season, a production source told Playbill On-Line, "We have to open by April 30, for the Tonys. The cast is just going to use the extra week to rehearse."
This is the second scheduling change in the Roundabout season connected with the construction project. Roundabout recently rescheduled the original opening of Uncle Vanya by one week, moving it from April 13 to April 20. In a prepared statement, Roundabout's Todd Haimes said that while it was disappointing to postpone the opening of the theatre's new home, the theatre company was always aware that its 18-month schedule was ambitious.
"A three-week delay seems a small price to pay," Haimes said. "The theatre will be well worth the wait."