Estelle Parsons Will Join Jonathan Groff in London Deathtrap

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Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons, most recently seen on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts drama August: Osage County, will be part of the cast of the upcoming London revival of Ira Levin's Deathtrap.
Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons.
Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Parsons, according to London's Daily Mail, has replaced Anna Massey in the role of the eccentric Dutch psychic; Massey withdrew for personal reasons.

Matthew Warchus (The God of Carnage, Boeing-Boeing) will direct the Levin play, which is scheduled to begin previews Aug. 20 at the Noel Coward Theater with an official opening on Sept. 7.

The cast will also feature Jonathan Groff, Claire Skinner and Simon Russell Beale. Producers are David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers.

The play revolves around an English playwright and novelist Sidney Bruhl (Beale), who lives in Connecticut with his American wife. He befriends a young writer Clifford (Groff) who has written a new stage thriller, which Bruhl intends to pass off as his own.

The creative team also includes set and costume designer Rob Howell, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone and composer Gary Yershon.

Deathtrap premiered on Broadway in February 1978 at the Music Box Theatre. The production played six previews and 1,793 regular performances. The original cast included John Wood, Victor Garber, Marian Seldes, Marian Winters and Richard Woods. Estelle Parsons made her Broadway debut in Happy Hunting and was most recently on The Great White Way in Morning's at Seven. In between, she starred in Whoop-Up; Beg, Borrow or Steal; Mother Courage and Her Children; Ready When You Are, C.B.!; Malcolm; The East Wind; Galileo; The Seven Descents of Myrtle; A Way of Life; And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little; Mert & Phil; The Norman Conquests; Ladies at the Alamo; Miss Margarida's Way; The Pirates of Penzance; Shimada; and The Shadow Box. Parsons received Tony nominations for her work in Morning's at Seven, Miss Margarida's Way, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and The Seven Descents of Myrtle. Also a star of film and TV, Parsons garnered an Academy Award for her performance in "Bonnie and Clyde."

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