Exit The King: starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon
It has now been officially confirmed that Australia's Company B and Malthouse Theater production of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist comedy, Exit The King, in a new translation by Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush, will open on Broadway.
Exit The King will play a sixteen week limited engagement at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre, opening on 26 Mar 2009, following previews from 7 Mar and running though to 14 Jun 2009.
In Exit The King, the heaters arenï¿½t working, the sun wonï¿½t rise, the throne roomï¿½s filthy and thereï¿½s a great big crack opening up in the wall. Queen Marguerite is making preparations for the inevitable, but Queen Marie refuses to accept itï¿½s time. Yet the signs are unmistakeable: King Berenger is dying. And heï¿½s not going to go gracefully.
Geoffrey Rush led a critically-acclaimed production of Exit The King, directed by Neil Armfield and produced by The Company B and Malthouse Theatre at the CUB Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on 28 Mar 2007, and at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, Australia on 13 Jun 2007.
The show opened to critical acclaim: "Magnificent Production... the adaptability and ease of Rush's performance is staggering" (Sydney Morning Herald); "Rush... is extraordinary at every turn... a landmark production in the history of theatre in this country" (Financial Review); "Nothing can be faulted - this is a triumph." (Australian Stage); "A production that's triumphant on many levels." (Variety).
The Broadway production will once again be helmed by Neil Armfield and will see Geoffrey Rush reprise his role as 'King Berenger.' Susan Sarandon joins the production for Broadway, playing the role of 'Queen Marguerite.'
Further casting is still to be announced.
Exit The King will be produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Robert Fox, Howard Panter, Tulchin/Bartner, Scott Rudin and The Shubert Organization.
The design team for Exit The King includes Dale Ferguson (Set & Costume), Damien Cooper (Lighting), Russell Goldsmith (Sound). John Rodgers is the Composer.
Geoffrey Rush has been appearing regurlarly on stage in Australia since 1970. His recent stage credits include 'Diary of a Madman,' 'Life X 3,' 'The Popular Mechanicals,' 'The Alchemist,' 'Hamlet.' He won an Oscar in 1997 for his work in the film 'Shine,' and a Bafta for the movie 'Elizabeth.' However, he is most probably most famous for his role as 'Captain Hector Barbossa ' in all three of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films. He was awarded an Emmy for his work in the mini-series 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.'
Susan Sarandon will be making her first Broadway appearance since her debut in the short lived 'An Evening With Richard Nixon and...' (1972). Sarandon won an Academy Award for her role as 'Sister Helen Prejean' in 'Dead Man Walking' and awarded a BAFTA for Best Actress for her work in 'The Client.' Other films include 'Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise and Lorenzo's Oil.'
Eugene Ionesco (Playwright). Exit The King is being presented on the 100th anniversary of Eugene Ionescoï¿½s birth. Born in Slatina, Romania on November 26, 1909, Ionesco, grew up in France but returned to Romania after his parents divorced in 1925. Known as one of the founders of the Theatre of the Absurd, his plays include The Bald Soprano (1950), The Lesson (1951), The Chairs (1952), The New Tenant (1955) and Rhinoceros (1959).
Neil Armfield (Director and Co-Translator) was involved in the formation of Sydneyï¿½s Company B and served as its first Artistic Director. He has worked extensively in Australia and around the world, winning such accolades as the Sydney Theatre Criticsï¿½ Circle Awards for both Best Director and Best production, the Major Award for Significant Contribution to Sydney Theatre, many Green Room Awards, Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Director for mini-series 'Edens Lost' 1989, and for Best Adapted Screenplay with Luke Davies for 'Candy,' 2006 (which starred Geoffrey Rush, Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish). In 2007, Armfield was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the arts.
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