Red Is Golden; John Logan's Play About Mark Rothko Will Get a Broadway Canvas

News   Red Is Golden; John Logan's Play About Mark Rothko Will Get a Broadway Canvas
The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Red, American playwright John Logan's drama about 20th-century abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko — starring Alfred Molina — will open on Broadway April 1 for a limited 15-week engagement at the Golden Theatre.
Red stars Eddie Redmayne and Alfred Molina
Red stars Eddie Redmayne and Alfred Molina Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Producer Arielle Tepper Madover announced the run on Jan. 31. Previews will begin March 11.

Red will also feature Eddie Redmayne. He and Molina created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar in late 2009. The production will be directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage.

Red will mark the Broadway debut of playwright Logan (Never the Sinner).

According to production notes, "Red is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world's largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Red is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing."

"Following the wonderful response to Hamlet earlier this season, I am delighted the Donmar will be returning to Broadway to present John Logan's brilliant new play," stated director Grandage. "With two outstanding performances from Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, this thrilling 90-minute piece about the great New York artist Mark Rothko now has an opportunity to engage with a wider audience." "I am so honored to continue a wonderful partnership with the Donmar, under Michael Grandage's brilliant leadership," said producer Arielle Tepper Madover. "This is the fourth Donmar production I've moved to Broadway, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet, but it's a special thrill to be presenting the Donmar's electrifying production of this great new American play on Broadway."

Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.

Red opened Dec. 8, 2009, at the Donmar.

Performances are Tuesday–Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances will be at 7 PM.

Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available through by phone at (212) 239-6200 or online at


"As part of the Donmar's commitment to greater accessibility," producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through and the Golden Theatre box office.

Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne
Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne
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