Will Vanessa Redgrave Star in Broadway Company of Breath of Life?

News   Will Vanessa Redgrave Star in Broadway Company of Breath of Life? Vanessa Redgrave, Liz Smith reports, is interested in starring in the Broadway production of David Hare's Breath of Life, playing the role created on the London stage by Dame Maggie Smith.
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The gossip columnist says that producer Robert Fox is planning to bring the London hit to Broadway, although no dates or theatre have been announced. Breath of Life — directed in London by Howard Davies — explores the relationship of two women whose lives are linked by one man. During a single, extraordinary night, Madeleine Palmer, a retired curator, and Angela Beale, a popular novelist, who have met only once before, spend an evening together in a way that echoes the hidden courses of their lives. Smith created the role of Palmer, while Dame Judi Dench played Angela Beale. Dench previously announced she was not interested in playing the role on Broadway.

Breath of Life had previously been announced for a fall 2003 arrival with Smith re-creating her role and Dianne Wiest taking on Dench's part. That production never materialized.

Born in London in 1937, Vanessa Redgrave made her Broadway debut in The Lady from the Sea. She also starred on The Great White Way in Orpheus Descending and the 2003 revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night, earning a Tony Award for her performance in the latter. Redgrave won an Academy Award for her work in "Julia"; she was also Oscar nominated for her roles in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment," "Isadora," "Mary, Queen of Scots," "The Bostonians" and "Howards End." She recently appeared at the Kennedy Center in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Euripides' Hecuba.