Suzanne Bertish, Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen & More to Lead CSC's THE HEIR APPARENT

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, adapted from the play by Jean-François Regnard, beginning performances Friday, March 28 at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Directed by John Rando, THE HEIR APPARENT will feature Suzanne Bertish (Madame Argante), Carson Elrod (Crispin), Claire Karpen (Lisette), Amelia Pedlow (Isabelle), David Pittu (Scruple), Dave Quay (Eraste) and Paxton Whitehead (Geronte). The official press opening for THE HEIR APPARENT is Wednesday, April 9. The production will play at limited engagement through Sunday, May 4.

From the ever-antic pen of David Ives (CSC: Venus In Fur, The School for Lies, New Jerusalem) comes his latest laugh fest based on Jean-François Regnard's comic masterpiece. Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There's just one little problem: the uncle won't die and he's bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste's fiancée? What's a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could "out-Figaro" Figaro.

THE HEIR APPARENT will feature set design by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

THE HEIR APPARENT will perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets start at $65. Tickets are available beginning Thursday, February 27 at 12pm at or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111.

CSC will also continue ACCESS FRIDAYS for THE HEIR APPARENT, with a limited number of tickets at $20 each available for Friday evening performances (beginning with Friday, April 4). Tickets will go on sale each Monday at 12pm for the Friday performance of that week, available online, by phone or in person at the CSC box office with an exclusive code.

Suzanne Bertish (Madame Argante) was born in London to a British father and an American mother. Her work with The Royal Shakespeare Company includes: Nicolas Nickleby (Olivier Award), Masha in Three Sisters, Twelfth Night with Ian McKellen (dir. Trevor Nunn) and Desdemona in Othello. Work in London includes: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, An Inspector Calls (dir. Stephen Daldry), Tango at the End of Winter with Alan Rickman (dir. Yukio Ninagowa) and Hamlet, Ophelia with Derek Jacobi (Clarence Derwent Award) and Gertrude with Paul Rhys. Work with The National Theatre includes: King Lear with Antony Hopkins (dir. David Hare), Ibsen's Rosmersholm (Evening Standard Award nom.), Oedipus (dir. Peter Hall) and The Cherry Orchard with Vanessa and Corin Redgrave (dir. Trevor Nunn). Work in America includes: The Molière Comedies (dir, Michael Langham, Tony nom.), The Art of Success with Tim Curry (dir. Adrian Noble); Wit with Cynthia Nixon (dir. Lynne Meadow), Kin (dir. Sam Gold), Skirmishes (Theatre World Award), Richard III (The Public Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (dir. Michael Kahn), Mrs. Warren's Profession (dir. Emily Mann), Breakfast At Tiffany's and Machinal (Roundabout Theater Co., dir. Lyndsey Turner). TV and Film include: "Ab Fab," "Inspector Morse," "Poirot," "Rome" (14 episodes), "Mr. Bean," "Rosemary and Thyme," "13th Warrior," "The Hunger" and "Hearts Of Fire." Suzanne teaches and has done numerous audio books and recordings.

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