Richard Greenberg's The American Plan to Receive London Premiere at St. James Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Richard Greenberg's The American Plan will receive its London premiere at the St. James Theatre, beginning performances July 2 prior to an official opening July 8, for a run thorugh Aug. 10, in a transfer of David Grindley's production that was recently seen at Bath's Ustinov Studio.
Grindley also directed the play's Broadway revival in 2009 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; it originally premiered in 1990 in a different production.
According to press materials, the play is a tangle of ravaged dreams, broken souls, twisted motives and deceit, set against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains in a 1960s summer. In the play, Lili Adler, the beautiful, fragile daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish refugee, meets Nick Lockridge, a handsome young stranger, and finds herself falling in love. But when her overbearing mother learns of their relationship, she proceeds to poison the young man's affection and Lili's one chance to escape her mother’s control looks like being lost forever.
The cast features Luke Allen-Gale as Nick, Emily Taaffe as Lili and Diana Quick as Eva. Also in the cast are Dona Croll as Olivia and Mark Edel-Hunt as Gil. The production is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Gregory Clarke.
Greenberg's other plays include The Assembled Parties (now on Broadway), Take Me Out and Three Days of Rain (the latter of which has been produced twice in London, at the Donmar Warehouse in 1999 and again in a separate West End staging in 2009).
Grindley was most recently represented in the West End by Our Boys. Other West End credits include Journey's End (also Broadway, where it won the 2007 Tony for Best Revival of a Play), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse, subsequently also on Broadway for Roundabout Theatre Company), Honour, What the Butler Saw and Abigail's Party (both of which transferred from Hampstead to the West End), Loot (transferred from Chichester's Minerva) and Some Girls.
Booking opens for members and friends of the St. James Theatre May 6 and for the general public May 8. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 264 2140, or visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for more details.
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