Tony Winner Rosemary Harris to Star in Roundabout Theatre's INDIAN INK this Fall
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris will play the role of "Eleanor Swan" in the Off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff. The production will begin performances on September 4 and open Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).
Tom Stoppard's relationship with Roundabout Theatre Company includes Broadway productions of The Real Inspector Hound and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Rosemary Harris was last seen on the Roundabout stage in The Road to Mecca (2011) and All Over (2002). Next season Roundabout will also present a new production of Mr. Stoppard's The Real Thing on Broadway starring Ewan McGregor & Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Sam Gold. This production of Indian Ink will mark the play's Off-Broadway debut.
Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora's controversial career. Little by little, Flora's mysterious past is revealed, as is the surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art. An evocative portrait of love and loss, Indian Ink movingly explores how the creative spirit can bring us together in the most unexpected ways.
The full cast and design team will be announced soon.
Indian Ink will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
ROSEMARY HARRIS (Eleanor Swan) was born in England but brought up in India. She graduated from RADA with the Bancroft Gold Medal when she was directed by Mary Duff in The Heiress. Her first job in the London theatre was understudying and looking after Nellie the greyhound in The Gay Dog at the Piccadilly Theatre. She then made her London debut in the The Seven Year Itch having already starred in Moss Hart's Climate Of Eden on Broadway. Following a season at the Bristol Old Vic playing Elizabeth Proctor in the British premier of The Crucible she joined the London Old Vic to play Desedemona opposite Richard Burton in Othello followed by Cressida in Tyrone Guthrie's production of Troilus And Cressida. When Ellis Rabb formed APA in 1960 she joined the Company and appeared in productions of works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Sheridan, Chekhov, Isben, Wilde, Pirandello and Kaufman and Hart at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. She also played the title role in Peter Pan. In 1962 she appeared in Laurence Olivier's Company at the Chichester Festival Theatre for their first season in the The Broken Heart and Chances and returned the following year for Uncle Vanya. In 1964 she joined the National Theatre to play Ophelia opposite Peter O'Toole in Laurence Olivier's inaugural production of Hamlet followed by IIyena in his production of Uncle Vanya. In 1967 she created the part of Eleanor of Aquitane in The Lion in Winter on Broadway for which she won a Tony Award and in 1969 she was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her performance in Plaza Suite. In 1970 she appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Idiot's Delight at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in 1971 she played Anna in Peter Hall's production of Old Times on Broadway, 1973 she played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Portia in the The Merchant of Venice at the Lincoln Centre Repertory Theatre directed by Ellis Rabb, in 1975 she played Julie Cavendish in Royal Family on Broadway, 1980 she played Madame Arkadina in The Seagull at the Public Theater in New York followed by the Three Sisters and New York Idea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in 1982 she appeared in All My Sons in the West End in Heartbreak House with Rex Harrison and Diana Rigg at the Haymarket playing Ariadne Utterwood. She appeared in Heartbreak House on Broadway, again with Rex Harrison but in this production she played Hesione Hushabye. She then played Barbara Jackson in Pack Of Lies on Broadway. In 1985 she spent six weeks at Oxford University lecturing to American drama students after which she returned to Broadway to play Judith Bliss in Hayfever. In July 1986 she opened at the National Theatre in The Petition with John Mills which then transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre. In 1987, she appeared in The Best of Friends at the Apollo Theater co-starring with Sir John Gielgud and Ray McNally. In 1989, she starred in Steel Magnolias with Miranda Richardson at the Lyric. She starred in the Lyric Hammersmith's production of In the Summerhouse. In 2002, she starred in a highly acclaimed run of Edward Albee's All Over at the Roundabout in NYC. Her numerous television credits include "Notorious Woman" in which she played George Sand for which she was awarded an Emmy for best actress. She was awarded Golden Globe for her portrayal of Berte Weiss. She also appeared in a television special entitled "The Chisholms" in which she co-starred with Robert Preston and "To The Lighthouse" adapted from Virginia Wolf's novel where she played Mrs. Ramsey. She also was in "Strange Interlude". She then completed a BBC play, "Summer Day's Dream" with Sir John Geilgud, directed by Christopher Morahan. Her films include "The Boys from Brazil" with Greogory Peck and Laurence Olivier, "Beau Brummel", "A Flea in her Ear", "The Shiralee", "The Ploughman's Lunch", "Sunshine", "Tom and Viv", "Being Julia". "Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3," "Before The Devil Knows Your Dead" directed by Sidney Lumet and most recently "This Means War" opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. She still lectures regularly at Oxford University and is married to the novelist John Ehle and they have a daughter Jennifer who is also an actress ["Possession 2002"].