The Lady From Dubuque will open at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on March 20, 2007. The first preview date, sometime in early March, has yet to be announced. Catherine McCormack, last seen in the West End in an adaptation of The 39 Steps, has also been confirmed for Page’s production with further cast announcement expected soon.
Page directed the acclaimed New York revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Tony winner Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner, who recently won an Evening Standard Award for her performance in the London run.
With Smith in the title role, The Lady From Dubuque will be expected to beat the run of just 12 performances that followed the play’s 1980 premiere at New York’s Morosco Theatre.
In the play, the title’s Lady visits a young couple, one of whom is terminally ill.
In 1994 Page also directed double Oscar winner Smith in Albee’s Three Tall Women at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, which, like Lady From Dubuque was produced by Robert Fox.
The production will be designed by Hildegard Bechtler.