PHOTO CALL: Arcadia Opens on Broadway; Arrivals, Curtain and Party

By Matthew Blank
and Irina Khodorkovsky
March 18, 2011

Tony Award winner Billy Crudup, who made his Broadway debut in the original New York production of Arcadia, takes on a new role in the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's witty and poignant literary work, which officially opened March 17 at the Barrymore Theatre.



Set in both 1809 and the present, Arcadia straddles two centuries to chase a mystery surrounding Lord Byron and the death of a young poet. Crudup played Septimus Hodge in the play's Broadway debut and now takes on the role of literary academic Bernard Nightingale.

Here is a look at the opening night:


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The Broadway production is based on the 2009 London revival, which five-time Tony Award-nominated director David Leveaux staged at the Duke of York's Theatre. Leveaux repeats his work for the Broadway revival, which began previews Feb. 26. The production is billed as a limited engagement through June 19.

The cast also features Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza (Company, The Homecoming) as Valentine Coverlyk, Margaret Colin (Old Acquaintance) as Lady Croom, Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening) as Captain Brice, Grace Gummer (Much Ado About Nothing) as Chloë Coverly, Edward James Hyland (Festen) as Jellaby, Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice) as Richard Noakes, Bel Powley (Tusk Tusk) as Thomasina Coverly, Tom Riley (Hurts Given and Received) as Septimus Hodge, Noah Robbins (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Secrets of the Trade) as Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly, David Turner (The Invention of Love) as Ezra Chater and Lia Williams (Skylight, The Homecoming) as Hannah Jarvis.

Arcadia, according to producers, "is set in April 1809 in a stately home in Derbyshire. Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard (Williams and Crudup) are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth."

For tickets visit Telecharge. The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.