By Ernio Hernandez
07 Jul 2005
Mark Brokaw (Reckless) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation of W. Somerset Maugham's classic that began previews May 27 and opened June 16 to positive critical response. The work is slated for a limited engagement through Aug. 14.
Set in a 1920's London drawing room, The Constant Wife follows the marriage of a top surgeon and his wife. The comedy of manners delivers a twist after a seemingly secret affair between the husband and his wife's friend is revealed.
Burton plays the title character, Constance Middleton, opposite Michael Cumpsty (Democracy) as the straying John Middleton, John Dossett (Gypsy) as Constance's old flame Bernard Kersal and Redgrave as the epigram-prone Mrs. Culver.
The cast also includes Enid Graham (Dinner at Eight), Kathryn Meisle (Tartuffe), Denis Holmes (Major Barbara), John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty) and Kathleen McNenny (After The Fall).
Burton was last seen on Broadway in 2002 in Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man — each earning her a Tony Award nomination. She also appeared in Three Sisters in the West End in 2003 and in the films "Unfaithful" and "Stay." Other credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, An American Daughter, Jake's Women, Some Americans Abroad, Alice in Wonderland, Present Laughter, London Suite, the recent "Empire Falls" on HBO and a recurring role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."
A member of one of five generations of actors in her family, Redgrave is known for her Tony Award-nominated one-woman show, Shakespeare for My Father. Other credits included Talking Heads, The Exonerated, The Mandrake Root, Black Comedy, Aren't We All, Moon Over Buffalo and another Tony nominated turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the film "Gods and Monsters," her second nod after her title role in "Georgy Girl." She has already lined up her next gig in The Importance of Being Earnest at Los Angeles's Ahmanson Theatre.
Tickets are available through Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.