"Chicago Fire" Star Yuri Sardarov Will Head Cast of Off-Broadway's Becket

News   "Chicago Fire" Star Yuri Sardarov Will Head Cast of Off-Broadway's Becket
Producers Will DeCamp and Alex Rapson announced that Jean Anouilh's Becket, the 1961 Tony Award winner for Best Play, will begin performances June 18 at the East Village’s Gene Frankel Theatre.

Directed by Neal Kelley, the production will continue through June 28.

The company will be headed by Yuri Sardarov of NBC's "Chicago Fire" and Pomme Koch. Director Kelley and the two actors are all graduates of the University of Michigan.

“Apart from some minor regional and college productions, Becket has rarely been produced in the United States since its Broadway premiere,” said the show’s producers in a statement. “This means that by some cosmic oversight or fatal blessing we have been presented with a chance most theatre professionals never get: the opportunity to reintroduce a modern classic to New York City on our own terms—reminding people of the play's beauty while simultaneously dusting off its cobwebs and refreshing it for contemporary sensibilities.”

Becket, according to press notes, "takes a look at the conflicts between best friends King Henry II and Thomas Becket as the latter ascends to power, turning the friends into enemies." The original production, starring Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier, won the 1961 Tony Award for Best Play.

The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street. Tickets will go on sale May 19 at BrownPaperTickets.com. Visit becketnyc.com for more information.

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