Broadway's new production of The Heiress will end its limited engagement with the 7 PM Saturday, Feb. 9 performance rather than Feb. 10, to enable Jessica Chastain, who plays the title character, to attend the BAFTA Awards ceremony in London on Feb. 10.
The BAFTAs are the British equivalent to the Academy Awards. Chastain is nominated for Best Actress for her work in "Zero Dark Thirty."
The Feb. 9 performance is an early curtain. The previously scheduled Sunday, Feb. 10 closing performance has been cancelled.
Chastain is nominated for an Academy Award and has already received Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for her performance in the film "Zero Dark Thirty."
The Heiress is currently playing at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre on West 48th Street. It stars Chastain as Catherine Sloper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn as Dr. Austin Sloper, "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens as Morris Townsend and Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Lavinia Penniman.
Written by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, The Heiress is directed by Tony Award-nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman.
Chastain plays the shy and sheltered daughter of a prominent New Yorker. She's caught between the demands of an emotionally distant father (Strathairn) and the attentions of a passionate young suitor (Stevens).