The Vertical Hour Strikes: David Hare's Play Opens Nov. 30

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The world premiere of David Hare's play The Vertical Hour, in which Julianne Moore makes her Broadway debut playing a Yale University politics professor, opens Nov. 30 at the Music Box Theatre.
Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour.
Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Sam Mendes directs the play, which also marks the Broadway debut of the British actor Bill Nighy. Scott Rudin, Robert Fox, Neal Street Productions, Roger Berlind, Debra Black and The Shubert Organization produce the play, which is a 20-week limited engagement that began previews Nov. 9.

In The Vertical Hour, Moore's character and her boyfriend visit the boyfriend's father (Nighy) in the Welsh countryside, where the trio gets into heated discussions about love, death, marriage, parenthood and the Iraq war.

Joining Moore and Nighy in the cast are Andrew Scott (The Royal Court's A Girl in a Car With a Man, "Saving Private Ryan"), Dan Bittner (The House In Town) and Rutina Wesley ("Hitch," "Step").

Moore has earned four Academy Award nominations for her work in "The Hours" (a Hare screenplay), "Boogie Nights," "Far From Heaven" and "The End of the Affair." Other film work includes "The Shipping News," "Evolution," "Hannibal," "An Ideal Husband," "Magnolia," "The Big Lebowski" and the forthcoming "Children of Men" and "Savage Grace." Her stage credits include Vanya on 42nd Street Off-Broadway as well as Surviving Picasso, Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge.

An acclaimed British star, Nighy is known for his film work on such movies as "Love Actually," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" and "The Constant Gardener" as well as the HBO film "The Girl in the Café." His roles this year include "Notes on a Scandal" and a voice on the animated feature "Flushed Away." He has trod the boards for Hare previously in A Map of the World and Skylight. Other stage credits include Pravda, King Lear, Arcadia, Blue/Orange, Betrayal, A Kind of Alaska and The Seagull. Hare's drama about the Bush administration during the Iraq war, Stuff Happens, appeared Off-Broadway earlier this year at The Public Theater. His other works include Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, The Judas Kiss and Via Dolorosa.

Director Mendes is known to Broadway audiences for his work on the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret as well as his staging of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters. He has also enjoyed an accomplished film career, having won an Oscar for "American Beauty," his feature debut. He has also directed "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead" and a forthcoming documentary centering on Rufus Wainwright's re-creation of Judy Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall concert.

The design team for The Vertical Hour includes Scott Pask (scenery), Ann Roth (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Chris Cronin (sound).

The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street. For tickets call (212) 239-6200 or visit

Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy in <i>The Vertical Hour</i>.
Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy in The Vertical Hour. Photo by Paul Kolnik
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