Broadway's Music Box Theatre is where Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross will snipe, argue and romance each other in Noël Coward's balcony-set comedy Private Lives, directed by Richard Eyre for a run that begins Nov. 6. Complete casting was also announced June 29.
Opening night for this freshly cast staging — which has its roots in a 2010 London run that starred British-born Cattrall ("Sex and the City") — is Nov. 17. The limited Broadway engagement is scheduled through Feb. 5, 2012.
The classic comedy concerns divorced Amanda (Cattrall) and Elyot (Gross, star of TV's "Due South" and "Slings & Arrows") meeting again on adjoining hotel balconies while they are on their honeymoons with their respective new spouses, played by Simon Paisley Day (Victor) and Anna Madeley (Sybil). Caroline Lena Olsson plays a maid.
Private Lives, a classic comedy first seen in 1931 starring Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, will play a limited run at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre prior to Broadway.
The design team is Rob Howell (set and costumes) and David Howe (lighting). Private Lives is produced by Duncan C. Weldon, Paul Elliott, Theatre Royal Bath, Terri and Timothy Childs, Sonia Friedman and David Mirvish.
Cattrall starred in the U.K. stage production of Antony and Cleopatra for director Janet Suzman. She made her Broadway debut in Wild Honey with Sir Ian McKellen. Her TV and film roles (in addition to playing Samantha Jones in "Sex and the City") include PBS's "Any Human Heart" based on the William Boyd novel; "Meet Monica Velour"; and Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer." She is a recipient of a Golden Globe Award; a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy); two Screen Actors Guild Awards; five Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors' Guild nominations. She has also written several books, including the best seller "Sexual Intelligence"; "Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life"; and "Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm."
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Canadian actor Gross played Constable Benton Fraser on the award-winning series "Due South" and received two Gemini Awards for his portrayal of a ghost-plagued stage director, Geoffrey Tenant, in the acclaimed series "Slings & Arrows." He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the feature films "Men with Brooms" and "Passchendaele," two of the highest-grossing Canadian films and winner of a combined six Genie Awards including Best Picture. Gross recently starred in the TV series "Eastwick." On stage, he received Dora Awards for Romeo and Romeo and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme. He performed the title role in the Stratford Festival's 2000 production of Hamlet.
Day's London stage credits include Private Lives; Timon of Athens; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The 39 Steps; The Philanthropist (Donmar); The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night and Anything Goes (all at The National Theatre).
Madeley's London credits include three seasons with the RSC; The Roman Actor opposite Antony Sher; Colder Than Here; The Philanthropist; The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… (Donmar); and Coram Boy at The National.
Olsson's London credits include Private Lives; Carmen at the Royal Opera House directed by Francesca Zambello; This Child; War Crime; GOF and Dickens of a Christmas.
Director Eyre was director of London's Royal National Theatre from 1988-1997.
Private Lives tickets will be available through www.telecharge.com beginning Sept. 5. Tickets are $121.50 and $66.50 at all performances except Wednesday matinees when they are $121.50 and $46.50.