Shining City To Open On Broadway November 10th at The Schoenfeld Theatre
Barry & Fran Weissler, Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures Corporation, Roger Berlind and Debra Black will present Rufus Sewell and Stanley Townsend in SHINING CITY, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, opening on Broadway Thursday, November 10th at the Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St). SHINING CITY also features Geraldine Hughes and Keith Nobbs. Preview performances begin Tuesday, October 18th.
The production will play a pre-Broadway engagement at San Francisco's Curran Theatre September 13th to October 9th.
In Dublin a man seeks help from a therapist, claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. But what begins as just an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead - a struggle which will shape and define both men for the rest of their lives.
Under the direction of Conor McPherson, SHINING CITY had its world premiere at London's Royal Court Theatre on June 9, 2004, where it received rapturous reviews. The Daily Telegraph raved, "SHINING CITY is moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping." The Sunday Express praised the show as "constantly compelling,yielding the biggest theatrical surprise of the year." "With moments that are literally breathtaking," wrote The Sunday Times, "SHINING CITY springs surprises like a jack-in-the-box. When it finally springs open, it's hard to stop thinking about it, hard to cram its terrifying questions back under cover."
It subsequently moved to the Gate Theatre Dublin where it opened September 28, 2004. Conor McPherson's previous New York credits include The Weir on Broadway and St. Nicholas, This Lime Tree Bower and Dublin Carol off-Broadway.
Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Rufus Sewell (Ian) has established himself with an eclectic group of projects in film, television and on the stage. This fall, he will be seen in "The Legend of Zorro" opposite Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Sony will be releasing the film nationwide on October 28th. Scheduled for release next year, is "Tristan & Isolde" opposite Sophia Myles and James Franco, and "The illusionist" starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as 'Thomas Kratsky,' the Czechoslovakian hustler in Making It Better, which won him the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Sewell opened to rave reviews in the Broadway production of Brian Friel's Translations, opposite Brian Dennehy. His other notable theatre credits include Rat In The Skull directed by Stephen Daldry, the title role of Macbeth in London's West End, and, his acclaimed performance in the revival of John Osborne's Luther at the Royal National Theatre. Sewell first gained mainstream attention in 1994, with his television debut as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of "Middlemarch". This November, he will be seen in BBC's modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Sewell returned to the small screen in 2003 earning rave reviews for the title role in "Charles II" directed Joe Wright for the BBC. Some of his other Hollywood features include "A Knight's Tale, Dark City," "Dangerous Beauty" and "Bless The Child." He also appeared in Christopher Hampton's "Carrington" opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as John Schlesinger's "Cold Comfort Farm," Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet," John Turturro's "Illuminata" and "The Very Thought Of You" with Joseph Fiennes and Tom Hollander. Sewell studied at London's Central School of Drama before making his film debut in Don Boyd's "Twenty One."