By Adam Hetrick
14 Oct 2011
|Photo by Hugo Glendinning|
Directed by Richard Eyre, the production premiered in London in 2010 with Cattrall among the cast. Gross joined the "Sex and the City" star for the current pre-Broadway engagement, which opened Sept. 25 at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Private Lives will officially open on Broadway Nov. 17 for a limited engagement through Feb. 5, 2012. The cast also features Simon Paisley Day, Anna Madeley and Caroline Olsson.
The classic comedy concerns former spouses Amanda (Cattrall) and Elyot (Gross) meeting again on adjoining hotel balconies on the French Riviera — while they are on their honeymoons with their respective new spouses, played by Day (Victor) and Madeley (Sybil). Olsson plays a maid.
Private Lives is produced by Duncan C. Weldon, Paul Elliott, Theatre Royal Bath, Terri and Timothy Childs, Sonia Friedman and David Mirvish.
Cattrall starred in the U.K. stage production of Antony and Cleopatra for director Janet Suzman. She made her Broadway debut in Wild Honey with Sir Ian McKellen. Her TV and film roles (in addition to playing Samantha Jones in "Sex and the City") include PBS's "Any Human Heart" based on the William Boyd novel; "Meet Monica Velour"; and Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer." She is a recipient of a Golden Globe Award; a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy); two Screen Actors Guild Awards; five Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors' Guild nominations. She has also written several books, including the best seller "Sexual Intelligence"; "Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life"; and "Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm."
Canadian actor Gross played Constable Benton Fraser on the award-winning series "Due South" and received two Gemini Awards for his portrayal of a ghost-plagued stage director, Geoffrey Tenant, in the acclaimed series "Slings & Arrows." He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the feature films "Men with Brooms" and "Passchendaele," two of the highest-grossing Canadian films and winner of a combined six Genie Awards including Best Picture. Gross recently starred in the TV series "Eastwick." On stage, he received Dora Awards for Romeo and Romeo and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme. He performed the title role in the Stratford Festival's 2000 production of Hamlet.
Day's London stage credits include Private Lives; Timon of Athens; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The 39 Steps; The Philanthropist (Donmar); The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night and Anything Goes (all at The National Theatre).
Madeley's London credits include three seasons with the RSC; The Roman Actor opposite Antony Sher; Colder Than Here; The Philanthropist; The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… (Donmar); and Coram Boy at The National.
Olsson's London credits include Private Lives; Carmen at the Royal Opera House directed by Francesca Zambello; This Child; War Crime; GOF and Dickens of a Christmas.
Director Eyre was director of London's Royal National Theatre from 1988-1997.
For tickets, priced $66.50-$121.50, visit Telecharge. The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street.