Oscar Winners Rush and Sarandon to Star in Broadway Revival of Exit the King

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13 Jan 2009

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon

A star-filled revival of Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King is heading to Broadway in March.

Geoffrey Rush, who won an Academy Award for his performance in Shine, will join fellow Oscar winner Susan Sarandon for the New York production, which will play the Barrymore, currently the home of the acclaimed revival of Speed-the-Plow.

Performances will begin March 7 with an official opening March 26; the limited engagement will run through June 14.

Australian director Neil Armfield will helm the production. Armfield also directed Exit the King, which features a translation by the director and actor Rush, last year at the Belvoir St. Theatre in Sydney. That production also cast Oscar winner Rush in the title role.

Exit the King, according to press notes, "is a hilarious and poignant comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger (Rush) whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite (Sarandon) and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control."

The design team includes includes Dale Ferguson (set and costume), Damien Cooper (lighting) and Russell Goldsmith (sound). John Rodgers is the composer.

Geoffrey Rush won an Oscar for his work in Shine and was also nominated for his performances in Quills and Shakespeare in Love. Exit the King will mark Rush's Broadway bow.

Susan Sarandon won her Academy Award for her role in Dead Man Walking and also garnered Oscar nominations for Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo's Oil and The Client. She made her Broadway debut in 1972 in the short-lived An Evening With Richard Nixon and...