Sadler Joins Cast of Broadway's Exit the King

News   Sadler Joins Cast of Broadway's Exit the King
William Sadler, who has been seen on Broadway in Biloxi Blues and Julius Caesar, has joined the cast of the Eugene Ionesco comedy Exit the King, which will begin rehearsals Feb. 2 prior to its first preview on March 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

William Sadler
William Sadler Photo by Aubrey Reuben

As previously announced, the Exit cast will also feature Geoffrey Rush, who won an Academy Award for his performance in Shine, and fellow Oscar winner Susan Sarandon as well as "Six Feet Under" star Lauren Ambrose (Awake and Sing!) and Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year, Young Frankenstein). (Actors who will play two supporting roles will be announced shortly.)

Opening night on Broadway is set for March 26; the limited engagement will run through June 14.

Australian director Neil Armfield will helm the production. Armfield also directed Exit the King, which features a translation by the director and actor Rush, last year at the Belvoir St. Theatre in Sydney. That production also cast Oscar winner Rush in the title role.

Exit the King, according to press notes, "is a hilarious and poignant comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger (Rush) whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite (Sarandon) and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control."

The design team includes includes Dale Ferguson (set and costume), Damien Cooper (lighting) and Russell Goldsmith (sound). John Rodgers is the composer.

Exit the King will be produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Robert Fox, Howard Panter, Tulchin/Bartner, Scott Rudin, The Shubert Organization and Jon B. Platt.

Tickets, priced $66.50-$116.50, are now available by calling (212) 239-6200, by logging on to or by visiting the Barrymore Theatre box office at 243 West 47th Street. Box office hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AM-8 PM and Sunday from 12 noon-6 PM.

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