By Matthew Blank
14 Mar 2011
Arcadia, set in both 1809 and the present, returns to Broadway with original 1995 cast member, Tony Award winner Billy Crudup, in tow. Crudup played Septimus Hodge in the play's Broadway debut and now takes on the role of literary academic Bernard Nightingale.
The Broadway production is based on the 2009 London revival, which five-time Tony Award-nominated director David Leveaux staged at the Duke of York's Theatre. Leveaux repeats his work for the Broadway revival, which will officially open March 17. Arcadia is billed as a limited engagement through June 19.
Here is a first look at the show:
The cast also features Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza (Company, The Homecoming) as Valentine Coverlyk, Margaret Colin (Old Acquaintance) as Lady Croom, 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.
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 Stoppard's 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.
Arcadia premiered at London's Royal National Theatre in 1993 (later transferring to the West End's Haymarket) under the direction of Trevor Nunn, with Rufus Sewell, Emma Fielding, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy among the cast. Nunn also staged the Broadway production for Lincoln Center Theater on the Vivian Beaumont stage in 1995, with a cast including Crudup, Blair Brown, Jennifer Dundas, Victor Garber and Blair Brown. It received a 1995 Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
For tickets visit Telecharge. The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.