Tony and Emmy winners Glenn Close and John Lithgow will return to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Delicate Balance, beginning preview performances Oct. 20 at the Golden Theatre in advance of a Nov. 20 opening. The revival, to be directed by Tony winner Pam McKinnon (Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), will be a limited, 18-week engagement through Feb. 22, 2015.
Also starring will be Tony winner Lindsay Duncan (Private Lives), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Bob Balaban (The Monuments Men) and Claire Higgins (Vincent in Brixton). The drama focuses on Tobias and Agnes, a long-married couple coping with the return home of their 36-year-old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage. They are also dealing with Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire and the sudden arrival of their friends Harry and Edna who asked to move in after fleeing their own house for unknown reasons.
The original production opened in 1966 and starred Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Rosemary Murphy and Marian Seldes. The 1973 film version was headlined by Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Kate Reid and Lee Remick. A 1996 revival starred Rosemary Harris, George Grizzard, Elaine Stritch, and Mary Beth Hurt and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor for Grizzard.
Glenn Close will be returning to Broadway after a 20-year absence. She has three Tony Awards for Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden, and The Real Thing. She has won three Emmys — two for the FX series Damages and one for the TV-movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermayer Story. In addition, she’s a six-time Oscar nominee. John Lithgow has won Tonys for The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success and five Emmys — three for Third Rock from the Sun and two for guest appearances on Dexter and Amazing Stories. He’s been Oscar-nominated for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. This summer will be appearing as King Lear at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
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