My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Laura Linney, to begin previews early

Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton is now set to begin previews on January 4, 2020.

Laura Linney in the London production of My Name is Lucy Barton

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that its upcoming American premiere of The London Theatre Company production of My Name is Lucy Barton is now set to begin preview performances earlier than expected. The Broadway run will now commence at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 4, 2020 (instead of the previously announced January 6), ahead of an official opening on January 15, and will conclude on February 29, 2020.

The production marks the Broadway return of four-time Emmy Award winner, two-time Golden Globe winner, three-time Oscar nominee and four-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney in the titular role.

Synopsis: "Laura Linney returns to Broadway in a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer."

Five-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre is set to direct the production which will also feature scenic & costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by John Leonard, and projection design by Luke Halls.

Laura Linney previously starred in My Name is Lucy Barton at London's Bridge Theatre from January 23 to February 16, 2019, making her London stage debut in a sold-out, critically acclaimed limited engagament. She last appeared on Broadway for Manhattan Theatre Club in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes in spring 2017, alternating the roles of Regina Giddens and Birdie Hubbard with co-star Cynthia Nixon at each performance and picking up her fourth Tony Award nomination. She had previously earned Tony nominations for her performances in Time Stands Still in 2010, Sight Unseen in 2005, and The Crucible in 2002. Her other Broadway credits include Les Liaisons DangereusesUncle VanyaHonourHolidayHedda GablerThe Seagull, and Six Degrees of Separation. On screen, she received Oscar nominations for "The Savages" in 2008, for "Kinsey" in 2005, and for "You Can Count on Me" in 2001. Other notable screen credits include "Nocturnal Animals," "Sully: Miracle on the Hudson," "The Truman Show," "Mystic River," "Primal Fear," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Mr. Holmes," "The Big C," "John Adams," "The Squid and the Whale," "Frasier," "Congo," and "Love Actually."

My Name is Lucy Barton is produced on Broadway in association with Penguin Random House Audio.

My Name is Lucy Barton Tickets are available now for performances from January 4 through February 29, 2020.

(Photo by Manuel Harlan)