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THE NORMAN CONQUESTS IS THE BIG WINNER THIS SPRING ON BROADWAY

BROADWAY’S BEST REVIEWED PLAY IS ALREADY

THE MOST HONORED PRODUCTION OF THE SEASON

 

WINNER!  NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE AWARD

WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

WINNER! DRAMA DESK AWARD

WINNER! THEATER WORLD AWARD

 

AND

 

NOMINATED FOR SEVEN TONY AWARDS INCLUDING

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY AND BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY!

 

ALAN AYCKBOURN’S COMEDY TRILOGY

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

 

DIRECTED BY

MATTHEW WARCHUS

 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION FROM THE OLD VIC IN LONDON

NOW PLAYING AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE

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THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, the comedy trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Matthew Warchus, has been nominated for seven 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Stephen Mangan, Paul Ritter), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Jessica Hynes, Amanda Root), and Best Set Design of a Play (Rob Howell).  

 

The production is the winner of three Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus) and Outstanding Ensemble (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root).  

 

The cast has also been honored with a Drama Desk Award for Distinguished Ensemble, a Theatre World special award and a special citation from the NY Drama Critics’ Circle, shared with director Matthew Warchus

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS is also nominated for five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Play.  

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS opened Thursday, April 23 at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) earning the best reviews of any play this season.

 

 

The production plays a limited engagement through July 25. 

 

The first Broadway revival of Ayckbourn’s masterpiece features the original heralded company from The Old Vic: Amelia Bullmore (Ruth), Jessica Hynes (Annie), Stephen Mangan (Norman), Ben Miles (Tom), Paul Ritter (Reg) and Amanda Root (Sarah). 

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS comprises three full length plays – Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden.  Each individual play offers a view of one comically catastrophic weekend, shared by six spouses and in-laws, at the family house in the country. And while each play is complete on its own terms, by viewing all three plays (in any order), the audience is able, detective-like, to piece together all of the hidden secrets and lies, the outrageous, hilarious and shocking interactions, which occurred over the weekend. And there are some wonderful and brilliant surprises!

 

The production is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by David Howe, music by Gary Yershon and sound by Simon Baker for Autograph

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy is performed in repertory.  The schedule is as follows:  

 

Tuesday at 7:00 PM                 Round and Round the Garden

Wednesday at 2:00 PM            Table Manners

Wednesday at 8:00 PM            Living Together

Thursday at 8:00 PM               Round and Round the Garden

Friday at 8:00 PM                    Table Manners

Saturday at 11:30 AM             Table Manners

Saturday at 3:30 PM                Living Together

Saturday at 8:00 PM                Round and Round the Garden

 

Trilogy performances are also scheduled on Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, June 28, schedule as on Saturdays. 

 

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Dede Harris, Tulchin/Bartner/Lauren Doll, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Harriet Newman Leve, Probo Productions, Douglas G. Smith, Michael Filerman/Jennifer Manocherian, Richard Winkler in association with Dan Frishwasser, Pam Laudenslager/Remmel T. Dickinson, Jane Dubin/True Love Productions, Barbara Manocherian/Jennifer Isaacson.

 

Tickets are on sale through Telecharge at 212-239-6200, at  www.telecharge.com and at the Circle in the Square box office (235 West 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).

 

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AMELIA BULLMORE (Ruth) Stage credits include: The Thickness of Skin, Road and The Queen and I, all at the Royal Court, Inadmissible Evidence at the National Theatre and A View from the Bridge at the Manchester Royal Exchange.  TV: “Whistleblowers,” “State of Play,” “I’m Still Alan Partridge,” “Linda Green” and as “Coronation Street” regular Stephanie Barnes.  Film: Mrs. Dalloway, Festival.

 

JESSICA HYNES (Annie) co-wrote and co-starred in “Spaced” on Channel 4, which won her the Best Female Comedy Newcomer Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2000.  She was nominated for the BAFTA Best Actress Award for the film Tomorrow La Scala and was nominated for the 2003 Best Performance in a Supporting Role Olivier Award for The Night Heron at the Royal Court.  Other theatre credits: The Plough and the Stars and Fiddler on the Roof, both directed by Matthew Warchus at West Yorkshire Playhouse.  TV: “The Royle Family” and “Doctor Who”.  Film: Son of Rambow, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Shaun of the Dead.

 

STEPHEN MANGAN (Norman) Extensive theatre credits include: The People are Friendly at the Royal Court, Noises Off at the Piccadilly, Declan Donnellan’s production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at the Savoy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and School for Scandal, all for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  TV: Guillaume Secretan in “Green Wing,” “The Armando Iannucci Show,” “Lucky Jim,” “I’m Alan Partridge,” and Adrian Mole in “The Cappuccino Years”.   Film: Festival, Confetti, Billy Elliot.

 

BEN MILES (Tom) is best known in the US as Patrick in “Coupling” (BBC America). Plays for the RSC include: Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Winter’s Tale at The Young Vic. Numerous productions at The National Theatre including: Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard and Mortimer in Mary Stuart. For The Old Vic: Bolingbroke in Richard II. TV credits include: “Prime Suspect” and “The Forsyte Saga.” Films include: V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin.

 

PAUL RITTER (Reg) National Theater: The Hothouse, The Reporter, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Coram Boy, The Coast of Utopia, Howard Katz, Remembrance of Things Past, All My Sons. London: Food Chain, The Night Heron, Bluebird, Don Juan, Three Sisters, The Birthday Party, Christmas. TV: “Pulling,” “He Kills Coppers,” “City Lights,” “Instinct,” “Waking the Dead,” “Viva Blackpool,” “Nostradamus,” “Girl in the Café,” “Peterloo,” “Fields of Gold,” “Big Cat, Out of Hours.”  Film: Quantum of Solace, Son of Rambo, Hannibal Rising, On a Clear Day, The Libertine, Esther Khan, Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.

 

 

 

 

 

AMANDA ROOT (Sarah) Theatre:  The Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide range of roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, Nina in The Seagull, Harriet in The Man of Mode, Betty in Some Americans Abroad and Lady Macbeth. London and West End includes: Adela in The House of Bernada Alba, Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra, Edith in Conversations After A Burial and Polina in Enemies. Television includes: “The Forsyte Saga,” “Anna Karenina,” “The Robber Bride,” “Love Again,” “Big Cat,” “Breaking The Code,” “The Robinsons.” Little Britain’ Film includes: Persuasion, In The West, Jane Eyre, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith

 

ALAN AYCKBOURN (Playwright) is one of England’s most treasured playwrights, author of 71 plays which have been produced in the West End, at the National Theatre or at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  They have been translated into 35 languages, and performed continually throughout the world and have received many national and international awards.  His works include Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, How the Other Half Loves, Just Between Ourselves, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind, Comic Potential and Things We Do For LoveIntimate Exchanges, his eight play series revived in the UK in 2006/07, transferred to New York as part of the Brits Off-Broadway Festival, with Time Magazine voting it one of the ten best productions of 2007.

 

MATTHEW WARCHUS (Director) Broadway credits: Yasmina Reza’s Art and Life (x) 3, Boeing-Boeing, Follies, True West receiving three Tony and two Drama Desk nominations. Off-Broadway: Ms. Reza’s The Unexpected Man. West End credits include: The Norman Conquests, Speed-the-Plow, God of Carnage, The Lord of the Rings, The Life of Stuff; Art, True West, The Unexpected Man, Our House, Tell Me on a Sunday and Endgame. At the National Theatre: Volpone, Life (x) 3, Buried Child. At the RSC: Henry V, The Devil is an Ass, Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale. Operas for Opera North, The Royal Opera and English National Opera include: Troilus and Cressida, The Rake’s Progress, Falstaff and Cosi Fan Tutte.

 

ROB HOWELL (Scenery and Costume Designer) has worked extensively in theatre and opera within the UK and abroad including working at The Royal Court, The Almeida, The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera House. Rob received the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Set Designer for Troilus and Cressida (National Theatre), Vassa (Almeida) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company). He was nominated for Best Costume Design in the same year for Troilus and Cressida and Money (National Theatre) and for Best Set Designer in 1996 for The Glass Menagerie (the Donmar and Comedy Theatre), 1997 for Chips With Everything (NT) and 2001 for The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre). In 2006, he received an Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End) as well as a Best Costume Design nomination. This year he was nominated for an Olivier Award in both Set and Costume design categories for The Lord of the Rings (West End).

 

THE OLD VIC (Originating Theater) The Old Vic is one of the best-known theatres in the world. Since 2004, The Old Vic Theatre Company, led by Kevin Spacey, has produced over 20 shows including Speed-The-Plow, The Entertainer, All About My Mother, The Norman Conquests and most recently Dancing at Lughnasa. The Company was last on Broadway in 2007 with A Moon for the Misbegotten.  This year, they co-produced The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale under the banner of The Bridge Project. This collaboration will produce two classics each year, until 2011, all directed by Sam Mendes, playing at The Old Vic, BAM and touring internationally.  The Old Vic also runs an Education and Community program and mentors young theatre practitioners in the UK and the US.

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