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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

announces

 

3-Time Tony Award® Winner

Frank Langella

 

In a new Broadway production of

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

By Robert Bolt

Directed by Doug Hughes

 

Preview performances will begin on September 12th, 2008

Opening night is October 7th, 2008

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce 3-Time Tony Award® Winner Frank Langella as “Sir Thomas More” in a new Broadway production of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, directed by Tony Award® Winner Doug Hughes.

 

The design team will include Santo Loquasto (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and David Lander (lights). Additional cast members and design team will be announced shortly.

 

A Man for All Seasons will begin previews on Friday, September 12th, 2008 and open officially on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement.

 

A Man for All Seasons is a timeless exploration of politics, religion and power. Robert Bolt’s classic drama is based on the fascinating true story of English Chancellor Sir Thomas More and his moral objection to King Henry VIII’s plan to leave the Catholic Church.

 

Frank Langella returns to Broadway following his Tony winning role in Frost/Nixon in 2007. Langella returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following the 1997 Off-Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac in which he starred, directed and adapted the book. Other Roundabout productions include The Father (1996) and The Tempest (1989). Doug Hughes is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company where he recently directed Patrick Marber’s Howard Katz, Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet, Richard Greenberg’s comedy A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Paris Letter and Stephen Belber’s McReele.  Hughes earned the 2005 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Direction of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt

 

A Man for All Seasons premiered on Broadway in 1961 and won the Tony Award for Best Play. In 1966, the play was made into a feature film and went on to win six Oscars.  This production marks the play’s first Broadway revival!

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets will be available in July by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines theatre box office (227 West 42 Street).  A Man for All Seasons will play a limited engagement. Ticket prices range from $56.50 to $101.50.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

A Man for All Seasons will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

ROBERT BOLT (Playwright). Robert Oxton Bolt was born in Sale in Manchester on 15 August 1924, the son of a shopkeeper. Early education at Manchester Grammar School was followed by a history degree at Manchester University. After serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II, Bolt qualified as a teacher and taught English in the prestigious private school Millfield between 1950 and 1958. It was here that, in his spare time, he wrote both radio and stage plays. Many of his radio plays received an airing and he also did some producing. In 1958, encouraged by the London success of his play The Flowering Cherry, he gave up teaching to concentrate full time on his writing. In 1960 he had two plays running in London, The Tiger and the Horse and A Man for All Seasons. The eponymous role of Sir Thomas More shot actor Paul Scofield to stardom, and A Man for All Seasons proved a huge hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway where in 1962 it was voted Best Foreign Play of the Year. This success attracted the attention of Hollywood, and producer Sam Spiegel approached Bolt to revise Michael Wilson’s script for Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean, it was Bolt’s first successful screenplay and he received an Academy Award nomination for it. Bold won his first Oscar for his next collaboration with Lean, Doctor Zhvivago in 1963. In 1966 his screen adaptation of A Man for All Seasons won him a second Oscar. Meanwhile, on stage, Bolt produced Gentle Jack in 1963 and a play for children, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew at Christmas 1965. In 1970 another historical play, charting the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, Vivat! Vivat! Regina! played to full houses at the Chichester Festival and later enjoyed a long run in the West End, when it was transferred to Broadway two years later. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Meanwhile, Bolt wrote the screenplay for two films starring his then wife, Sarah Miles; Ryan’s Daughter in 1970 and the historical costume drama Lady Caroline Lamb  in 1972. Warah was both his second and fourth (last) wife; the first married in 1967, but divorced in 1976, then after a third marriage ended in divorce in 1985, Sarah and Bolt remarried in 1988. In 1972, Bold was appointed a CBE. In 1976, David Lean approached Bolt with an idea to rework the story of the infamous Bounty mutiny and, for two years, he worked on this epic project, creating two versions. Before he could complete the second, however, Bolt suffered a massive heart attack in April 1979, followed by a stroke. His one completed script was made into the film The Bounty five years later in 1981, directed by Roger Donaldson. His final film script, for The Mission, was produced in 1986. Robert Bolt died on 12 February 1995 at the age of seventy.

 

DOUG HUGHES (Director) recently directed Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius for MTC.  He also directed John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt (2005 Tony, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards for Best Direction of a Play) and Shanley’s Defiance.  Hughes is the Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company, where he has directed Howard Katz, A Touch of the Poet, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, The Paris Letter and McReele.  Other work in New York includes Inherit The Wind at the Lyceum Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Director; Tony Award Nomination, Best Revival), The House in Town at Lincoln Center, Frozen (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel nominations) and The Grey Zone (1996 Obie Award, Direction) at MCC; Engaged at TFANA; Flesh and Blood (Callaway Award, Best Direction) at NYTW; Othello at the Public and Lake Hollywood at Signature. In May 2005, Hughes received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. 

 

FRANK LANGELLA (Sir Thomas More). Broadway: Peter Morgan’s Frost Nixon, Belber’s Match, Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool, Strindberg’s The Father, Coward’s Present Laughter, Schaffer’s Amadeus, Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Nichols’ Passion, Albee’s Seascape, Coward’s Design for Living, Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, Hamilton-Dean’s Dracula, Gibson’s A Cry of Players, Lorca’s Yerma.  Off-Broadway: Rostand’s Cyrano, Miller’s After the Fall, Lowell’s The Old Glory: Benito Cereno, Webster’s The White Devil, Von Kliest’s The Prince of Homburg, Gide’s The Immoralist, Pendleton’s Booth, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and A Christmas Carol (Menken/Ahrens). Films: Good Night, and Good Luck; Superman Returns; Starting Out in the Evening (2007); Lolita; Dave; The Ninth Gate; Dracula; 1492; The Conquest of Paradise; Those Lips, Those Eyes; I’m Losing You; Diary of a Mad Housewife; The Twelve Chairs; The House of D; Back in the Day.  Directors include George C. Scott, Arthur Penn, Roman Polanski, Adrian Lyne, Sir Peter Hall, Mike Nichols, Susan Stroman, Ivan Reitman, Ridley Scott, George Clooney, Bryan Singer, Denys Arcand, and Mel Brooks. Upcoming film:  Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard released by Universal in December, The Box with Cameron Diaz directed by Richard Kelly and All Good Things directed by Andrew Jarecki.  Television: PBS’ “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” and Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” ABC’s “The Beast,” HBO’s “The Doomsday Gun”, Vonnegut’s “Monkey House” for Showtime and HBO’s “Unscripted” executive produced by George Clooney. Honors: Induction into the 2003 Theatre Hall of Fame, three Tonys, six Drama Desks, three Obies, three Outer Critics Circles, the Drama League, the National Society of Film Critics, the Cable Ace Award, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and Olivier nominations, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the Boston Film Critics Award . Several dozen roles in America’s leading regional theatres include Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh’s Ring Round the Moon, Whiting’s The Devils, Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime and Barker’s Scenes from an Execution.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  The off Broadway Theatre Center, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays.  The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

 

Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  American Express is the 2008-2009 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company.  American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  The Westin New York is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company.   

 

Productions playing during Roundabout’s 2008 spring season include Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell, directed by Sam Buntrock; Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney & Ben Daniels, directed by Rufus Norris; Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo, directed by Walter Bobbie.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps transferred to the Cort Theatre on April 29th, 2008.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s upcoming 2008-2009 season will also include Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello; Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, directed by Graciela Daniele; David Rabe’s Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis and Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose‘s Twelve Angry Men has extended its multi-award winning touring production for a second year.  Directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains) and starring Richard Thomas as “Juror #8,” Twelve Angry Men is appearing in numerous cities across the country in Spring 2008 including Hartford, Charlotte, Nashville and Toronto.

 

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