John Tillinger is helming both Noel Coward plays comprising Suite in Two Keys, which stars veteran actress and former child star Hayley Mills at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. The show began previews on March 28 and opens April 10.
Joining Mills in the cast will be Paxton Whitehead and Judith Ivey. Tillinger replaced Miranda d'Ancona as director for both Coward plays, production sources said. However, d’Ancona is still the producer of the show.
Mills' New York Theatre debut in Suite in Two Keys was originally planned for December but delayed while producers secured a suitable Off Broadway theatre.
As reported earlier, Suite is being produced by Mirage Theatre Company (Miranda d'Ancona and Doris Kaufman) and StageWrite Entertainment Inc. (Todd Alan Price), Jonathan Reinis Productions and Robert O'Leary.
An evening of two one-act plays, Coward's Suite comprises Shadows of the Evening and A Song at Twilight. Both were originally presented in 1965 in London's West End with Noel Coward, Lilli Palmer and Irene Worth. This production coincides with the centennial of the playwright's birth. The plays were originally performed in London in 1965, they were done under the title Noel Coward's Suite in Three Keys and included A Song at Twilight as a full length play in rep with the shorter Shadows of the Evening and Come Into the Garden Maud. On Broadway in 1974, Song and Maud were done under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys, with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Anne Baxter.
Mills was a child film star who was seen in "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap." Whitehead's credits include Run for Your Wife and Artist Descending a Staircase. Ivey's stage credits include Bedroom Farce, Piaf, Steaming, Hurlyburly, Precious Sons, Blithe Spirit and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard.
Tickets range from $35-$50. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street. For tickets call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.
-- By Murdoch McBride