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Roundabout Theatre Company





Through December 14th, 2008


 3-Time Tony Award® Winner



In a new Broadway production of


By Robert Bolt

Directed by Doug Hughes


“Frank Langella’s Sir Thomas More is a luminous entity.  Stage actors don’t reach the living legend status achieved by this charismatic star without giving good glow.  Mr. Langella haloes himself with such incandescence that you may wish you had brought along a pair of polarized glasses.  He is inarguably a Great Presence.”

– New York Times, Ben Brantley


On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre



Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce a one week extension of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons starring three time Tony Award® Winner Frank Langella as “Sir Thomas More.”  Directed by Tony Award® Winner Doug Hughes, the new Broadway production will extend through December 14th, 2008.


A Man for All Seasons officially opened to critical praise on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).


The cast includes Hannah Cabell (Margaret More), Michael Esper (William Roper), Michel Gill (Duke of Norfolk), Zach Grenier (Thomas Cromwell), Dakin Matthews (Cardinal Wolsey), George Morfogen (Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop), Patrick Page (King Henry VIII), Maryann Plunkett (Alice More), Jeremy Strong (Richard Rich), Charles Borland (Jailor), Peter Bradbury (Steward), Patricia Hodges (Woman), Triney Sandoval (Thomas Chapuys) and Emily Dorsch.


The design team includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), David Lander (lights), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound) and Tom Watson (hair & wigs).


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!



Tickets are available 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 $66.50 to $111.50.



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. 



Frank Langella (Sir Thomas More). Broadway: Frost Nixon (Morgan), Match (Belber),  Fortune’s Fool (Turgenev), The Father (Strindberg), Present Laughter (Coward), Amadeus (Schaffer), Hurlyburly (Rabe), Passion (Nichol), Seascape (Albee), Design for Living (Coward), Sherlock’s Last Case (Marowitz), Dracula (Hamilton-Dean), A Cry of Players (Gibson), Yerma (Lorca).  Off-Broadway: Cyrano (Rostand), After the Fall (Miller), The Old Glory: Benito Cereno (Lowell), The White Devil (Webster), The Prince of Homburg (Von Kliest), The Immoralist (Gide), The Tempest (Shakespeare), and A Christmas Carol (Menken/Ahrens). Films: Good Night, and Good Luck; Superman Returns; Starting Out in the Evening; Lolita; Dave; The Ninth Gate; Dracula; Those Lips, Those Eyes; I’m Losing You; Diary of a Mad Housewife; The Twelve Chairs.  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, and Mel Brooks. 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, five Drama Desks, three Obies, three Outer Critics Circles, the Drama League, the National Society of Film Critics, the Cable Ace Award, Boston Film Critics Award, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and Olivier nominations, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. The film Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard will open December 5, 2008.


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. Bolt won his first Oscar for his next collaboration with Lean, Doctor Zhivago 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. Sarah 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, Bolt 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. 


Lead support provided by Roundabout’s Play Production Fund partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry, Steven and Liz Goldstone, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Mary and David Solomon..


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.  Off-Broadway, the 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.   


Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2008-2009 season also includes Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, starring Frank Langella, directed by Doug Hughes; Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey, starring Stockard Channing, Christian Hoff & Martha Plimpton, directed by Joe Mantello; David Rabe’s Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis; Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees, directed by Alex Timbers; Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, directed by Ian Rickson; Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw and Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick, directed by David Grindley.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps transferred to the Cort Theatre on April 29th, 2008.


Roundabout Theatre Company‘s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men is currently booking the third year of its multi-award winning tour.  Twelve Angry Men is directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains).



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