London Comedy The Play What I Wrote to Close on Broadway June 15

By Robert Simonson
June 9, 2003

The Play What I Wrote, the loopy British comedy conceived by the comedy team of Hamish McColl and Sean Foley, will close at the Lyceum Theatre on June 15. It will have played 27 previews and 89 performances.
An Olivier Award-winning sensation in the West End, The Play What I Wrote opened to mixed reviews on Broadway and failed to become the hit it was in London. It lost the Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event to Def Poetry Jam.

During its short run, the show garnered much publicity from its string of "celebrity guests." Among them were Holly Hunter, Al Roker, Paul Rudd, Eric McCormack, Liam Neeson, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Alda, Jason Biggs, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Nathan Lane, Roger Moore and Zoe Caldwell.

The Play What I Wrote began its American premiere at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre March 7.

Kenneth Branagh directs the work of Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, featuring actors McColl and Foley and Toby Jones on stage. The 2002 Olivier Award-winning play "revolves around Hamish, who no longer wants to be part of his comedy double act with Sean," according to production notes. "Instead, he wants to see the play he has written, A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple, properly mounted on the Broadway stage. But before this can happen, he needs a major star to play the supporting role to his lead role."

The original London mounting was an homage to the famed-in-Britain-but mostly-unknown-in-the-U.S. comedy team of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe.

The Lyceum is at 149 W. 45th Street. For ticket information, all (212) 239-6200.

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A national tour of The Play What I Wrote will embark on a national tour in fall 2004, the producers announced May 15.