Dan Butler has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning Travesties in the role of Lenin. He replaces Nicholas Woodeson, who has departed the production due to scheduling conflicts.
Butler has been seen on Broadway in The Hothouse, and Off-Broadway in Beast, Emerald City, Irish Curse, and The Weir. He played Bulldog on Frasier, and has been in such films as Crazy, Stupid Love; Enemy of the State; Silence of the Lambs; Karl Rove, and I Love You. He is also a writer, director, and producer and co-founder of Fuller Road, a new artist residency in Vermont.
Travesties previously played the Chocolate Factory in 2016 before transferring to the West End.
As previously announced, the show’s London star, Tom Hollander, will again play Henry Carr; he will be joined by London cast member Peter McDonald reprising the role of James Joyce, along with Seth Numrich (War Horse) as Tristan Tzara, Scarlett Strallen (She Loves Me in the West End) as Gwendolen, Sara Topham (Saint Joan) as Cecily, Opal Alladin (Hedda Gabler) as Nadya, and Patrick Kerr (The Ritz) as Bennett.
Tony nominee Patrick Marber returns to direct the production on Broadway.
Travesties will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre March 29 ahead of an April 24 opening. The limited engagement will play through June 17.
In Stoppard's 1974 play, set in 1917 Zurich, a British military official (Hollander) recalls serving in Zurich while James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin were also there. He imagines a meeting between the two men, which is performed in the style of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
The Broadway revival will feature set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by Polly Bennett.
Travesties won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Play. John Wood, who originated the role of Henry Carr, was awarded the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Play. The show opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre October 30, 1975, and played through March 13, 1976. This production will mark the play's first Broadway revival.