The Royal National Theatre's award-winning, sold-out production of Patrick Marber's new play Closer is coming to Broadway, according to spokesman John Barlow. Barlow did not relate any other details on the transfer, except to say it would occur during the upcoming season. Closer examines a modern quartet of young lovers caught up in a web of love, sex and betrayal. The production originally opened in the RNT's Cottesloe Theatre in May 1997 before transferring to the larger Lyttelton theatre in October where it finished its run last February. It then transferred to the West End's Lyric Theatre, where it is currently set to play through July 11. The Lyric cast featured Liza Walker as Alice, Neil Pearson as Larry and Frances Barber as Anna. Marber also directed the production.
Closer won the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Comedy, the Time Out Award for Best Play in the West End 1997, the 1997 Critics' Circle Best Play Award and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Marber is the author of Dealer's Choice, which played at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club in 1997.
The Marber play would represent only the latest in a recent string of British plays to debut on Broadway, including the currently running The Judas Kiss, Art and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.