PHOTO CALL: Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo Star in Jez Butterworth's The River

News   PHOTO CALL: Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo Star in Jez Butterworth's The River
Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman returned to Broadway Oct. 31 in the new mysterious drama The River, penned by Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth. The intimate production, which invites theatregoers to sit inches away from the action, plays the Circle in the Square.

Sonia Friedman Productions presents the limited 13-week engagement that will officially open Nov. 16. Performances are currently scheduled through Jan. 25, 2015. The play had its premiere in 2012 at the Royal Court Theatre. Ian Rickson (Jerusalem), who helmed the London premiere of the play, again directs.

Jackman (The Boy from Oz, A Steady Rain, "Les Misérables") is joined by original London cast member Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, who was seen in the all-female version of Julius Caesar at St. Ann's Warehouse last fall.

According to producers, "On a moonless evening, a man brings his new girlfriend to a remote cabin for a night of trout-fishing. But before the night is over, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems... and as memory collides with desire, the truth becomes the most elusive catch of all."

As part of the production, producers are offering "Riverbank Seating," which consists of up-close bench seating that has been added to the Circle in the Square's seating configuration for the play. Located in the first two rows, the seats encircle the set design, promising to "provide a unique and personal vantage point for this intimate production." This unique seating is available online at and at the box office for $95. For sold-out performances, $30 standing-room tickets will also be available.

In addition, each Monday theatregoers will be able to purchase advance $35 tickets for the current week of performances at the Circle in the Square box office. Twenty tickets per performance will be made available. The customer will receive a receipt, and the tickets will be held in their name at the box office to pick up on the day of the show. Photo ID and receipt will be required.

A separate group of 20 tickets will be available at $35 for day-of performances, which will go on sale when the box office opens at 10 AM (noon for Sunday performances).

The River has production design by Ultz, with lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck.

For tickets, visit or phone (800) 447-7400.

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