David Hirson's 1991 verse satire La Bête, which takes a look at the beastly intersection of 17th-century arts and populism, opened at Broadway's Music Box Theatre Oct. 14. Tony Award winners David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance and BAFTA winner Joanna Lumley star.
Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, Boeing-Boeing, The Norman Conquests) helms the production.
La Bête is billed as "a comic tour de force about Elomire (Pierce), a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theatre, and Valere (Rylance), a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When the fickle princess (Lumley) decides she's grown weary of Elomire's royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages."