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Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party

The first major revival of David Hirson's Olivier Award-winning comedy LA BÊTE starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance, Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce, and BAFTA Award winner (and star of "Absolutely Fabulous") Joanna Lumley began previews at Broadway's Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) on September 23, 2010. This new production, helmed by acclaimed director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, Boeing-Boeing, The Norman Conquests), opened last night, October 14. This immediately follows a limited summer engagement at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End from June 26-September 4, 2010 with opening night of July 7. 

Joining Rylance, Pierce, and Lumley in both London and New York are Stephen OuimetteLisa JoyceGreta LeeRobert LonsdaleMichael MilliganLiza Sadovy, and Sally Wingert.

American playwright David Hirson's rollicking 1991 play, LA BÊTE, is a comic tour de force about Elomire (Pierce), a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and Valere (Rylance), a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When the fickle princess (Lumley) decides she's grown weary of Elomire's royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages.

For more information, visit www.labetetheplay.com.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd. 

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
David Hirson

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
David Hirson

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
David Hirson

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Matthew Warchus

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Matthew Warchus

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Matthew Warchus

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Lisa Joyce

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Lisa Joyce

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Greta Lee

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Greta Lee

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Lisa Joyce and Greta Lee

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Stephen Ouimette

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Stephen Ouimette

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Michael Milligan

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Robert Lonsdale

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Michael Milligan & Robert Lonsdale

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David Hyde Pierce

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David Hyde Pierce

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David Hyde Pierce

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David Hyde Pierce

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David Hyde Pierce

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley and Richie Ridge

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
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Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party
Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: LA BETE Opening Night After Party

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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