'Til Death Do Us Part: Burton Stars as Broadway's The Constant Wife with Redgrave

News   'Til Death Do Us Part: Burton Stars as Broadway's The Constant Wife with Redgrave
Kate Burton is The Constant Wife to Michael Cumpsty's less faithful husband in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival that opens June 16 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. John Dossett and Lynn Redgrave also star.

From Left: Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave in The Constant Wife
From Left: Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave in The Constant Wife Photo by Joan Marcus

Mark Brokaw (Reckless) directs the presentation of W. Somerset Maugham's classic that began previews May 27 for a limited engagement through Aug. 14.

Set in a 1920's London drawing room, The Constant Wife follows the marriage of a top surgeon and his wife. The comedy of manners delivers a twist after a seemingly secret affair between the husband and his wife's friend is revealed.

Burton plays Constance Middleton opposite Cumpsty (Democracy) as the straying John Middleton, Dossett (Gypsy) as Constance's old flame Bernard Kersal and Redgrave as the epigram-prone Mrs. Culver in a cast that also includes Enid Graham (Dinner at Eight) as Martha, Constance's opinionated sister; Kathryn Meisle (Tartuffe) as the duplicitous best friend Marie-Louise, Denis Holmes (Major Barbara) as Bentley, John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty) as Mortimer Durham and Kathleen McNenny (After The Fall) as Barbara Fawcett.

The design team for The Constant Wife features Alan Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Mary Louise Geiger (lights) and David van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original compositions.

Burton was last seen on Broadway in 2002 in Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man — each earning her a Tony Award nomination. She also appeared in Three Sisters in the West End in 2003 and in the films "Unfaithful" and "Stay." Other credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, An American Daughter, Jake's Women, Some Americans Abroad, Alice in Wonderland, Present Laughter, London Suite and upcoming "Empire Falls" on HBO, "Shall Not Want" with Maggie Gyllenhall and a recurring role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." A member of one of five generations of actors in her family, Redgrave is known for her Tony Award-nominated one-woman show, Shakespeare for My Father. Other credits included Talking Heads, The Exonerated, The Mandrake Root, Black Comedy, Aren't We All, Moon Over Buffalo and another Tony nominated turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the film "Gods and Monsters," her second nod after her title role in "Georgy Girl." She has already lined up her next gig in The Importance of Being Earnest at Los Angeles's Ahmanson Theatre.

Director Brokaw staged the Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage co-production of Reckless on Broadway with Mary-Louise Parker. He has also recently staged Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits and reteamed with How I Learned to Drive playwright Paula Vogel on the recent Off-Broadway stagings of The Baltimore Waltz and The Long Christmas Ride Home. Other credits include This Is Our Youth, The Dying Gaul, Lobby Hero, As Bees In Honey Drown in New York and A Little Night Music (Sondheim Celebration/ Kennedy Center) and the world premiere of the musical Marty starring John C. Reilly.

Maugham's The Constant Wife was originally presented on Broadway in 1929 with Ethel Barrymore playing the titular role under the direction of John Gielgud. The work has since been thrice revived on the Broadway boards, the most recent in 1975 starring Ingrid Bergman in the lead — also directed by Gielgud. Joanne Woodward (for the Westport County Playhouse) and Edward Hall (for London's West End) and have also staged the work in recent years.

Tickets are available through Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

From Left: Lynn Redgrave, Michael Cumpsty and Kate Burton in <i>The Constant Wife</i>
From Left: Lynn Redgrave, Michael Cumpsty and Kate Burton in The Constant Wife Photo by Kate Burton and
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