"Slings and Arrows" Star Paul Gross Will Be Kim Cattrall's Elyot in Broadway-Bound Private Lives

News   "Slings and Arrows" Star Paul Gross Will Be Kim Cattrall's Elyot in Broadway-Bound Private Lives
 
Paul Gross, the respected Canadian stage and screen star who played the unconventional artistic director in three seasons of TV's "Slings and Arrows," will star as Elyot opposite Kim Cattrall's Amanda in Private Lives in Toronto.

Paul Gross
Paul Gross

The Broadway-bound Noel Coward comedy, directed by Richard Eyre, will run Sept. 17-Oct. 30 at The Royal Alexandra Theatre. Additional casting will be announced.

"Sex and the City" star Cattrall will repeat her London role of newly married Amanda, who discovers on her honeymoon that her ex-husband is on his honeymoon in the adjoining suite. The production will move to Broadway following Toronto, with the cast intact.

The production is based on the 2010 staging on London's West End. Toronto producer David Mirvish said in a statement, "When I attended the recent London production of Private Lives — directed by the great Sir Richard Eyre, produced by my very good friends Paul Elliott and Duncan Weldon, and starring the magnetic and irresistible Kim Cattrall — I knew we had to find a way to bring this production to Toronto. Although she was born in the U.K., we have always considered Kim one of Canada's own. She spent her formative years in this country and got her start in theatre right here in Toronto, so I thought it would be a great homecoming, of sorts, to have her repeat her acclaimed performance for us here."

The Royal Alex, a Mirvish theatre, was the venue in which Coward's renowned comedy had its Canadian premiere in 1931. The play has been seen there eight times: twice with Tallulah Bankhead and once with Maggie Smith, in a production directed by Sir John Gielgud.

Paul Gross starred in such TV shows as "Due South" and "Slings and Arrows." Also a writer, director and producer, his feature films include "Men With Brooms" and "Passchendaele." On stage, where he began his career, he has played both contemporary and classical roles, including the title role in the Stratford Festival's sold-out production of Hamlet in 2000. For more information, visit mirvish.com.

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