The Cocktail Party extends by one week

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre's Off-Broadway revival of T. S. Eliot.'s comedy The Cocktail Party, has extended its run by one week due to audience demand. The show will now play through to 17 Apr 2010 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre.

The Cocktail Party, opened at Theater Row's Beckett Theatre on 17 Mar 2010, following previews from 7 Mar and was originally scheduled to close on 10 Apr 2010.

The Cocktail Party: Edward and Lavinia Chamberlayne are throwing a party at their fashionable London flat. The guests arrive only to discover that their hostess is nowhere to be found and a rather strange man, who no one seems to know, acts right at home.

Directed by TACT Co- Artistic Director Scott Alan Evans, The Cocktail Party's cast includes TACT Company Members Mark Alhadeff, Cynthia Harris (TACT Co-Artistic Director), Simon Jones (TACT Co-Artistic Director), Jack Koenig and guest artists Jeremy Beck, Ben Beckley, Lauren English, Erika Rolfsrud and Celia Smith.

The creative team is comprised of Andrew Lieberman & Laura Jellinek (sets), David Toser (costumes), Aaron Copp (lights) and Jill BC Du Boff & Daniel Kluger (sound).

After the The Cocktail Party's debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949 with Alec Guinness in the role of the unidentified guest, the comedy premiered on Broadway on 21 Jan 1950, at the Henry Miller's Theatre and ran for 409 performances. Produced by Gilbert Miller and directed by E. Martin Browne, the production once again starred Guinness as the mysterious stranger. It received the 1950 Tony Award for Best Play. The play also ran in London with Rex Harrison as the “uninvited guest.” A revival opened on Broadway on 7 Oct 1968 at the Lyceum Theatre and ran for 44 performances.