Nicole Kidman Blue Room to Come to Broadway Nov. 27

By Robert Simonson
and Terri Paddock, What's On Stage, London
15 Oct 1998

Nicole Kidman in Hare's The Blue Room.
Nicole Kidman in Hare's The Blue Room.
Photo by Photo by Mark Douet

It's official. As first reported on Oct. 15 on Playbill On-Line, the London production of David Hare's newly adapted The Blue Room , starring Hollywood film star Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen, will transfer to Broadway's Cort Theatre after it closes at the 250-seat off West End venue at the end of this month. The praised drama will begin previews on Nov. 27 for a limited engagement of 111 performances. Opening night is Dec. 13.

It's official. As first reported on Oct. 15 on Playbill On-Line, the London production of David Hare's newly adapted The Blue Room , starring Hollywood film star Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen, will transfer to Broadway's Cort Theatre after it closes at the 250-seat off West End venue at the end of this month. The praised drama will begin previews on Nov. 27 for a limited engagement of 111 performances. Opening night is Dec. 13.

The transfer is produced by the Shuberts, Scott Rudin, Robert Fox, Roger Belind and ABC, Inc. Tickets are currently on sale through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

The Blue Room is David Hare's modern take of Arthur Schnitzler's classic romantic text "Reigen" which later became La Ronde after the film version. First performed in 1912, the play caused a scandal with its bitter and comic assessment of love, depicted in a series of sexual liaisons. In the two-hander, Kidman and co-star Glen both play five different characters.



The London staging premiered Sept. 22. Kidman has been praised by London critics for both her sexual wattage as well as her stage performance. The star, who commands millions of dollars for her film appearances, is receiving the Equity standard of £250 per week for her run at the Donmar. She decided to make her West End debut as she and husband Tom Cruise have been residing in London for the past two years while filming for Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut."

The Blue Room is directed by Sam Mendes, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, with design by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and music by Paddy Cuneen.