Arcadia Revival, With Billy Crudup, Raśl Esparza, Margaret Colin, to Arrive on Broadway in February

By Adam Hetrick
29 Dec 2010

Raul Esparza
Raul Esparza

Tony Award winner Billy Crudup, Raúl Esparza and Margaret Colin will star in the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which will begin performances Feb. 25, 2011, at the Barrymore Theatre.

Five-time Tony Award-nominated director David Leveaux will helm Stoppard's era-spanning work, which will officially open March 17, 2011. Tickets are currently on sale through June 19, 2011. The run is billed as a limited engagement.

In addition to Crudup (The Coast of Utopia, The Pillowman) as Bernard Nightingale, Esparza (Company, The Homecoming) as Valentine Coverly and Colin (Old Acquaintance) as Lady Croom, the cast will feature Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening) as Captain Brice, Grace Gummer (Much Ado About Nothing) as Chloë Coverly, Edward James Hyland (Festen) as Jellaby, Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice) as Richard Noakes, Bel Powley (Tusk Tusk) as Thomasina Coverly, Tom Riley (Hurts Given and Received) as Septimus Hodge, Noah Robbins (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Secrets of the Trade) as Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly, David Turner (The Invention of Love) as Ezra Chater and Lia Williams (Skylight, The Homecoming) as Hannah Jarvis.

The Broadway production is based on the 2009 London revival, which Leveaux directed at the Duke of York's Theatre. That engagement starred the playwright's son, actor Ed Stoppard. Crudup originated the role of Septimus Hodge in the play's 1995 Broadway debut and will play Nightingale in the revival.



The Broadway revival is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Roger Berlind, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott M. Delman, Robert G. Bartner, Olympus Theatricals and Doug Smith.

A creative team will be announced shortly.

Arcadia, according to producers, "is set in April 1809 in a stately home in Derbyshire. Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard (Williams and Crudup) are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth."

Tom Stoppard is a four-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His works for the stage also include Rock 'n' Roll, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Jumpers, Artist Descending a Staircase and Night and Day. Stoppard won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love."

Leveaux staged the Broadway revivals of Stoppards Jumpers and The Real Thing. On Broadway he has also directed Cyrano de Bergerac, The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Betrayal, Electra, Anna Christie, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Miss Julie.

For tickets visit Telecharge. The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.