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Final week to see Tony Award-winning The Norman Conquests on Broadway

FINAL WEEK TO SEE

ALAN AYCKBOURN’S TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY TRILOGY

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

DIRECTED BY

MATTHEW WARCHUS 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION FROM THE OLD VIC IN LONDON

PLAYS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 26 ONLY

 AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE
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THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play, is now in its final week on Broadway.  The Old Vic’s critically acclaimed production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy, directed by Matthew Warchus, ends its strictly limited engagement on Sunday, July 26 at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street).   

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.  The production is also the winner of three Drama Desk and three Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Mattthew Warchus), and Distinguished Ensemble (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root).

The cast was also honored with a Theatre World special award and a special citation from the NY Drama Critics’ Circle, shared with director Matthew Warchus

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS opened Thursday, April 23 on Broadway, earning the best reviews of any play this season.

“So damn funny, it cripples you with laughter,” wrote Ben Brantley, New York Times.  “I doubt I’ve ever laughed longer or harder.  A comic masterpiece!” cheered Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal.  “A triple dose of superb comedy.  Seeing one play is a pleasure.  Watching a second is even better.  Add a third and you will get the full force of Alan Ayckbourn’s expert theatrical delirium,” raved Mike Kuchwara, Associated Press.  “Delivers more laughs than ought to be legal,” claimed David Rooney, Variety.  “One of the most hilarious days and nights you’ll ever spend in

the theatre,” exclaimed Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record.   “Matthew Warchus has spun comic gold.  The cast is awe-inspiring,” proclaimed Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post.   “I was on the floor laughing,” claimed John Heilpern, New York Observer. 

The first Broadway revival of Ayckbourn’s masterpiece features 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:  

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

Sunday at 11:30 AM               Table Manners

Sunday at 3:30 PM                  Living Together

Sunday at 8:00 PM                  Round and Round the Garden

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).

www.NormanConquestsOnBroadway.com     

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The Norman Conquests, Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Play, enters final three weeks on Broadway

FINAL THREE WEEKS TO SEE

ALAN AYCKBOURN’S TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY TRILOGY

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

DIRECTED BY

MATTHEW WARCHUS

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION FROM THE OLD VIC IN LONDON

PLAYS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 26 ONLY

 AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play, is now in its final three weeks on Broadway.  The Old Vic’s critically acclaimed production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy, directed by Matthew Warchus, ends its strictly limited engagement on Sunday, July 26 at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street). 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.  The production is also the winner of three Drama Desk and three Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Mattthew Warchus), and Distinguished Ensemble (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root).

The cast was also honored with a Theatre World special award and a special citation from the NY Drama Critics’ Circle, shared with director Matthew Warchus

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS opened Thursday, April 23 on Broadway, earning the best reviews of any play this season.

“So damn funny, it cripples you with laughter,” wrote Ben Brantley, New York Times.  “I doubt I’ve ever laughed longer or harder.  A comic masterpiece!” cheered Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal.  “A triple dose of superb comedy.  Seeing one play is a pleasure.  Watching a second is even better.  Add a third and you will get the full force of Alan Ayckbourn’s expert theatrical delirium,” raved Mike Kuchwara, Associated Press.  “Delivers more laughs than ought to be legal,” claimed David Rooney, Variety.  “One of the most hilarious days and nights you’ll ever spend in

the theatre,” exclaimed Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record.   “Matthew Warchus has spun comic gold.  The cast is awe-inspiring,” proclaimed Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post.   “I was on the floor laughing,” claimed John Heilpern, New York Observer. 

The first Broadway revival of Ayckbourn’s masterpiece features 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 day performances are also scheduled for Sunday, July 26, same times 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).

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS IN THE NEWS

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

IN THE NEWS

 

The Old Vic production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, directed by Matthew Warchus, opened on April 23, 2009 at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street). 

 

The production, which received rave reviews from critics, is nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Revival of a Play, Featured Actor in a Play (Stephen Mangan, Jessica Hynes), Featured Actress in a Play (Jessica Hynes, Amanda Root), Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus) and Set Design of a Play (Rob Howell).

 

The production, the best reviewed play of the year, has won three Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus) and Outstanding Ensemble Performance; three Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus) and Outstanding Ensemble Performance; a New York Drama Critics Circle special citation to director Matthew Warchus and the cast and a Theater World Award for the cast, all of whom are making their Broadway debuts.

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS features Amelia Bullmore (Ruth), Jessica Hynes (Annie), Stephen Mangan (Norman), Ben Miles (Tom), Paul Ritter (Reg) and Amanda Root (Sarah).  The production plays a limited run through July 25. 

 

Here are some recent stories featuring the production:

 

NYTimes.com

A Day of Conquests

By Erik Piepenburg

Photos by Sara Krulwich

 

The Norman Conquests, a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, is running on Broadway at Circle in the Square. The plays – Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden – can be seen in an all-day marathon on select weekends.

The first play starts at 11:30 a.m., and the last one ends just after 10:30 p.m. It’s a long day for everyone involved, from the actors to the audience and the crew. What’s it like to spend a day immersed in this play? Take a behind-the-scenes look with audio and photos.

 

To view the multimedia slide show, click on the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/05/21/theater/20090514_NORMAN_FEATURE.html

 

 

Wall Street Journal

Double Threat

By Ellen Gamerman

 

Among the formidable opponents Matthew Warchus is facing for a best-directing Tony: Matthew Warchus. The British director has been nominated twice in the same category, for the explosive 90-minute sprint God of Carnage and the 6½-hour madcap British trilogy The Norman Conquests.

 

“My immediate thought was, ‘Well, I can’t possibly win because I’m splitting the vote,’” says Mr. Warchus, who has had three previous Tony nominations but hasn’t yet won.

 

The two plays opened on Broadway a month apart. Mr. Warchus spent April trekking up and down Eighth Avenue between the two theaters, where an American cast had just opened Carnage and British actors were in previews for Norman.  Sometimes Carnage was still on his mind when he reached the Norman rehearsals: “I kept saying, ‘Why is everyone talking in these funny accents?’”

 

The director says he approached both comedies the same way. “It’s a very simple directing trick. Go for the pain, and the audience will laugh,” says Mr. Warchus, who directed both plays in London last year. Amanda Root, a star of “Norman,” says he urged actors to “only do things that are absolutely true to the character.”

 

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203771904574175720847238680.html

 

 

Broadway.com

Interview with Matthew Warchus

By Matt Wolf

Matthew Warchus is the first director since A.J. Antoon 36 years ago to be nominated against himself for a Tony. The 42-year-old Englishman, cited three times previously (for Art, True West and last year’s Boeing-Boeing), will go up against Bartlett Sher (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone) and Phyllida Lloyd (Mary Stuart) as well as himself. Warchus was nominated for both God of Carnage, with its starry American quartet of actors (Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini), and The Norman Conquests, whose ensemble cast of six Brits are all but unknown in the States. But far from lingering in New York to soak up compliments, the director was busy back home in London the very week of the nominations with a workshop of the forthcoming stage musical version of the Bruce Joel Rubin film, Ghost, due to open on the West End next year. The amiable director has been married for eight years to the American actress/singer Lauren Ward, with whom he has three children. Broadway.com caught up with the busy helmer at the end of a day’s work to talk about delivering Alan Ayckbourn across the Atlantic, bringing God of Carnage to the boil, and what it means to move from directing Ayckbourn, Mamet and Chekhov to something like Ghost.

You’ve achieved a double Tony nomination in a single category for directing, not seen on Broadway since 1973.
That’s ironic, since that’s the year The Norman Conquests was written.

The success in New York of this Old Vic production of Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy must be especially pleasing.
It is, not least because I was the person pushing to get it to New York. I was the person who got Sonia [producer Sonia Friedman] in and said to her, ‘Surely there might be a way of doing this on Broadway; give me two weeks to make some phone calls and see if anyone bites.’ I am often told when I bring things to New York that they probably won’t work—that they’re very French or very British or very dated. I’m always being warned. I was warned on Boeing-Boeing, Art and God of Carnage, as well.

So what made you hopeful about the Ayckbourn plays?
I was convinced that if a production can tap into the almost Chekhovian depth of his writing, that it then becomes universal. When humor is based on human truth, that becomes universal humor, with none of the shrillness of the British stereotypes [of Ayckbourn] as performed by Americans. I really believe you can do all his plays in the way that we did The Norman Conquests.

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://london.broadway.com/blog/id/3011494/MatthewWarchus

 

 

Broadway.com

Fresh Face: Stephen Mangan

By Beth Stevens

Age: 37

Hometown: London, England

Currently: Playing the appalling yet appealing womanizer Norman in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Each of the three plays is set in a different location of a country house (the dining room in Table Manners, the living room in Living Together and the garden in Round and Round the Garden) over the course of a single weekend.

What I Did for Love: Mangan didn’t set out to be an actor. Though he performed in school plays, he says acting didn’t feel like a career option. “My dad was a builder, my mom worked at a pub—I might as well have said I wanted to be an astronaut or the Pope or a high-jumper or something,” he exclaims. Mangan studied law at Cambridge, but soon after he graduated, his mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. “She died some six months later, and there I was at a crossroads in my life. I didn’t really want to be a lawyer, and I started thinking that my grandmother died at 47, my mother at 45, so I haven’t got the best genes in the world. I thought, ‘God, if I’ve only got 20 years, why don’t I do something I really love?’” He auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and got in. “That was it: I was suddenly an actor; I’m an actor now. It’s possible.”

Electricity: Mangan is widely recognized in the U.K. for his television work, most notably the series Green Wing, but he started out as an animal of the theater. “For the first five or six years of my career, I refused to do any television or any film. My agent kept e-mailing me saying, ‘Why don’t you want to make some money?’ I just wanted to do the great classical parts.” He trooped around the country doing Shakespeare, Shaw and Moliere. Eventually, he made his agent happy and landed his first film: Billy Elliot. “I had a very small part,” the actor says of his blink-and-you-miss-it appearance in the 2000 hit as the doctor who examines Billy at the Royal School of Ballet. “I had very big sideburns on.” Now he and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry are part of the same Broadway season. “In fact, I bumped into Stephen Daldry at something last week,” Mangan laughs. “I asked him if there was a Dr. Crane in the musical, and he said they wouldn’t be able to find anyone to give the part the weight and the dignity that I had in the film, so they cut it. And I understood. It was hard for him.”

Being Norman: The title character of The Norman Conquests is a 1970s-era assistant librarian with a lusty heart, a wild mop of curls and a tiny pair of tennis shorts. (“The shorts are my Liz Hurley Versace dress,” the actor deadpans. “They could catch on, I’m telling you.”) Norman is incredibly pleased with himself and yet remains lovable even when he’s behaving horribly. “What is it about Norman that appeals to these women?” Mangan marvels. “He’s a liar, and he’s not particularly attractive.” And yet he’s seductive. (“Put it this way,” Mangan says of kissing many of his co-stars, “if there are any colds going around the cast, I get them.”) “He’s the kind of guy that’s all fun—boundless energy, effervescent, nonstop—like a randy tiger, running around totally without ego. He’s a complex character, and it took me a long time to get my head around him. I suppose Norman today would be in a clinic for sex addiction or on medication. He’s just desperate to connect with people.”

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://www.broadway.com/Stephen-Mangan/broadway_news/5028011

 

 

Playbill.com

“Norman” Tony Nominee Mangan Says Conquests Is a Sign of the Times —

Then and Now

By Kenneth Jones

 

Norman, the untamed, unkempt, sexually voracious Brit who seeks the pleasure of three women in the three rueful comedies that make up Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Best Revival of a Play, The Norman Conquests, just wants to be loved. Or maybe he just wants “free love,” the kind they sing about in Hair.

 

Stephen Mangan, a 2009 Tony nominee in the category of Featured Actor in a Play for the triptych by Alan Ayckbourn, agrees that Norman is a man batting his wings up against the cage of society’s norms in the time of the play, circa 1974, when the sexual revolution threatened to engulf people — or pass them by.

 

“He would really love to be a hippie,” Mangan says of Norman, whose shaggy beard and crazy mane suggest as much. “England was not a sexually adventurous — not openly, anyway — place in the early ’70s, it was very repressed. We’re known for our repression.

 

So Norman is there openly telling women that he loves them. In many ways that’s the secret to being a womanizer, just letting people know! Norman is so desperate for contact. I don’t think he’s a bad man. I think he believes when he’s with each woman that he really does love them.”

 

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://www.playbill.com/features/article/129652-Norman_Tony_Nominee_Mangan_Says_Conquests_Is_a_Sign_of_the_Times_%97_Then_and_Now

 

 

Playbill.com

Brief Encounter with Matthew Warchus

By Robert Simonson

Just at present, Matthew Warchus is that rare thing, a director who pleases both his producers and the critics.

Over the past 12 months, the British Warchus has brought over from London three plays: a revival of the 1960s sex farce Boeing Boeing, Yasmina Reza’s latest comedy of bad manners God of Carnage, and a new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy of a weekend in the country and the three upended relationships that result. All three plays have been praised by reviewers, both here and in England. But we all know that the laurel “critical hit” doesn’t necessarily mean anything at the box office. (Witness Desire Under the Elms.) Not so with Warchus. Boeing-Boeing became the first Broadway farce in long, looooong memory to make a profit. And if the hugely popular God of Carnage (with its four marquee stars) and Norman Conquests (with its “collect-them-all” novelty) aren’t on the way to recoupment, I’ll eat my Fedora. Warchus was recently nominated twice for the Best Director of a Play Tony Award, for the Reza and the Ayckbourn. He’s enjoyed the honor of being nominated three times before (for Art, True West and Boeing), but has yet to win. This, however, may be his year. Warchus talked to Playbill.com from England.

Playbill.com: Being nominated twice in the same Tony category presents a kind of special problem for you. Do you find yourself wanting to win for one play rather than the other? Or, does it not really matter, as long as you win for one of them?
Matthew Warchus: Yes. Well, I said to someone the other day, I’m intrigued to find out what it’s like to lose twice in one sentence.

Playbill.com: I don’t actually think that’s going to happen this time.

MW: Of course, there is the possibility that, as I bound up onto the stage, I’m slightly pissed off!

Playbill.com: It’s nice to have such problems.
MW: Yes, exactly.

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/129393-PLAYBILL.COM%27S_BRIEF_ENCOUNTER_With_Matthew_Warchus

 

 

Playbill.com

Cue & A with Jessica Hynes

By Ernio Hernandez

 

Jessica Hynes — a 2009 Tony Award nominee for her work in The Norman Conquests — fills out Playbill.com’s questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

Full given name:
Tallulah Jessica Elina Stevenson (That’s my given maiden name) Jessica Hynes is my married name and the one I use now.

 

Hometown: Brighton

 

Audition monologue: Hermione from A Winter’s Tale “Sir, spare your threats….”

 

Special skills: Roller blading

 

How you got the nomination news: I called back a missed call and someone said, “Congratulations…”

 

Nominee you’re most excited for: My fellow actors in the Normans; we’re all rooting for each other.

 

Who you are taking Tony night: Amelia Bullmore, who plays Ruth my sister in the show.

 

To read the complete article, click on the following link:

http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/print/129315.html

 

 

Playbill Radio

The Norman Conquests – podcast

 

The three-part Broadway comedy “The Norman Conquests” tied for the most Tony Award nominations of any non-musical show of the 2008-09 season, seven, with nods for director Matthew Warchus and stars Stephen Mangan, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root. Along with Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who serves as co-producer of “The Norman Conquests,” all of them join host Robert Viagas to describe the inner workings of their play, which is performed in three parts on three different nights. Written by prolific British author Alan Ayckbourn, the play originated at the Old Vic in London, and came over with its English cast intact.

 

To listen to the interview, click on the following link:

http://www.playbillradio.com/podcast/podcast.html?item_id=1389

 

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www.NormanConquestsOnBroadway.com

 

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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www.NormanConquestsOnBroadway.com 

 

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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THEATRE WORLD AWARD WINNERS

2008 – 2009

THEATRE WORLD AWARDS

The Theatre World Award Winners were announced today.

The awards ceremony will take place on June 2, 2009.

 

 

 

Colin Hanks, currently appearing as ‘Mike Clark’ in 33 VARIATIONS has won a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in the production.

 

 

Condola Rashad, currently making her New York theatrical debut in MTC’s production of Lynn Nottage’s RUINED, has received a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of ‘Sophie.’

 

 

Geoffrey Rush, currently earning raves for his performance in EXIT THE KING has won a for his Broadway debut performance as ‘King Berenger.’  Rush also translated the play with director Neil Armfield.

 

 

The cast of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root) will receive a special award from the Theater World Awards. 

 

 

 

 

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/oobdss

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS WINNERS

2008 – 2009

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

The Outer Critics Circle Award Winners were announced Today.

The awards ceremony will take place on May 21, 2009.

 

 

 

 

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN won the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Award (David Pearse).

 

 

GOD OF CARNAGE has won Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Marcia Gay Harden).

 

 

EXIT THE KING has won Outstanding Actor in a Play (Geoffrey Rush).

 

 

HUMOR ABUSE’s Lorenzo Pisoni has won Outstanding Solo Performance.

 

 

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS has won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Matthew Warchus) and Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root).

 

 

RUINED won the Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

 

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL has won Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d’Arcy James), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Set Design (Tim Hatley), Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley).

 

 

 

 

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: http://www.outercritics.org/Awards.aspx

HIGHLIGHTS OF A STAR-FILLED 08-09 BROADWAY SEASON

2008-2009 Broadway Season Officially Ends

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR,

PACKED WITH PLAYS,  INCLUDES: 

 

The Seagull • A Man For All Seasons •  To Be Or Not To Be • All My Sons • White Christmas 

 Shrek •  Pal Joey •  Soul of Shaolin•  The American Plan  • Hedda Gabler •  33 Variations 

God Of Carnage •  Impressionism •  Exit The King • Mary Stuart •  The Norman Conquests 

The Philanthropist • Accent on Youth •  Waiting for Godot 

 

as well as the stars:

Joan Allen •  Matthew Broderick •  Stockard Channing    Jeff Daniels   Hope Davis

Jane Fonda    Sutton Foster   James Gandolfini •  John Glover •  John Goodman

Colin Hanks   Marcia Gay Harden • Katie Holmes   Jeremy Irons  •  Bill Irwin

Brian d’Arcy James   Nathan Lane •   Frank Langella John Lithgow   Samantha Mathis

Jan Maxwell   Janet McTeer •  Mary Loiuse Parker    David Hyde Pierce

Lily Rabe  David Rasche   Matthew Risch     Mercedes Ruehl    Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon •  Peter Sarsgaard   Christopher Sieber  Kristin Scott Thomas

Harriet Walter • Steven Weber •  Dianne Wiest   Patrick Wilson

 

Visit the link below for a 2.5 minute glance back at the stars and shows this season

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

Here are some highlights from the season. 

 

This was one of the busiest, starriest and eclectic Broadway seasons in years, featuring productions and performances that will make it one to remember.   Starting in October with The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard, through last night’s Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, 43 productions have opened on Broadway, including 10 new musicals, nine new plays, four musical revivals, 16 play revivals and five “special events.” 

 

Fall kicked off with the Royal Court’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s The Seagull directed Ian Rickson, examining the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of artists gathered on a Russian estate. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company began autumn exploring politics, religion and power with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons directed by Doug Hughes, and wrapped up 2008 with Stockard Channing , Martha Plimpton  and Matthew Risch in Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello.  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Mary Louise Parker rang in the new year at Roundabout, in an adaptation by Christopher Shinn.

 

 

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, asked audiences to reexamine the costs of war when it returned to Broadway this fall, directed by Simon McBurney and starring John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes. 

 

Snow fell early on Broadway when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a new stage adaptation of the classic film, opened in November starring Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O’Malley, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson, featuring direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner.

 

The Great White Way saw green in December when Shrek The Musical landed at the Broadway Theatre starring Brian d’Arcy James as the loveable ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona. Also starring Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, the new musical is directed by Jason Moore and written by David Lindsay Abaire (book & lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical) with choreography by Josh Prince.   Flying monks were spotted a few blocks south when Soul of Shaolin played a limited run at the Minskoff.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club opened their season with To Be Or Not to Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw and began the new year in the Catskill Mountains of the 1960s with Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan starring Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe.  They wrapped up their season with Samuel Raphaelson’s on-and-off stage love story, Accent on Youth starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Daniel Sullivan.

 

This spring, Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after 46 years to confront an obsession with Beethoven and to settle with her on stage daughter played by Samantha Mathis in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Colin Hanks and Zach Grenier.  Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden tried to make nice (and failed) in Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage directed by Matthew Warchus.  Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen returned to Broadway after long absences to star in Michael Jacobs’ examination of art and love in Impressionism, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

 

Fictitious monarchs Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Ambrose – and unappreciated servant Andrea Martin – added their regal presence to the Rialto in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King under the direction of Broadway newcomer Neil Armfield.  Historic British royalty was welcomed when Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer took to the stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  And The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, showcased a somewhat more middle class group of Brits, helmed by the busy Matthew Warchus.

 

Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist , directed by David Grindley and starring Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, looked at the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  Appropriately closing the season is Samuel Beckett’s historic Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, and directed by Anthony Page.  It tells of two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something to explain life’s meaning – which, of course, never shows up.  Vladimir and Estragon might be relieved to know that as of yesterday, this year’s season has arrived at its end.

 

Please visit the link below for a 2.5 minute long glance back at the stars and shows this season  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

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