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The River - 2014 - Broadway

HUGH JACKMAN comes to Broadway's most intimate playhouse in THE RIVER, a gripping new drama that thrilled and mesmerized audiences during a sold-out London run.

On a moonless evening, a man brings his new girlfriend to a remote cabin for a night of trout-fishing. But before the night is over, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems... and as memory collides with desire, the truth becomes the most elusive catch of all.

From playwright JEZ BUTTERWORTH and director IAN RICKSON comes this haunting and seductive new play that has already become the must-see event of the season.

Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Royal Court Theatre production of The River will open on Sunday, November 16 on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre (West 50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).

Schedule

Circle in the Square (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
1633 Broadway at 50th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The River


A Reserve So Deep, You Could Drown - New York Times
"The River" is conducted in a more minor key, and is also a more minor effort. Like "Jerusalem," this cryptic tale of a man and a woman (or women - maybe) magnifies the seemingly ordinary to mythic proportions, while honorably refusing to stoop to easy explanations. The director Ian Rickson, who brought such clarity and vitality to "Jerusalem," lends the same care and polish to the far more shadowy "River." This artfully staged production, set in a rural fishing cabin that is one man's insular kingdom, is guaranteed to hold your attention. But you're likely to leave it feeling hungry, and not just because it aims to mystify. Be grateful, then, that any pangs of emptiness are counterbalanced by the intriguing heft of Mr. Jackman's strangely radiant opacity.

The River review – Hugh Jackman brings brooding splendour to Broadway - Guardian
Rather than offering practical explanations or clear timelines, The River keeps returning and reconfiguring the same handful of subjects and themes - love, truth, loss, fish. There's also a brief cookery demonstration. Some will find this frustrating, even the cookery part. (That fish looks delicious. Why can't Jackman share?) But if you can live with ambiguity - and with Jackman's doughty faith in his own charm - you may find The River's insistence on ambiguity strangely vitalising. Just when you think you've closed in a solution, it slips through your fingers and swims effortlessly away.


 



 

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by BWW Special Coverage - February 8, 2015
The River, the critically acclaimed new play byJez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman,Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, will conclude its Broadway run today, February 8, 2015, at Circle in the Square Theatre (50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). In honor of closing night, BroadwayWorld flashes back on the show's journey to Broadway below!
by BWW News Desk - February 8, 2015
The River, the critically acclaimed new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, closes today, February 8, 2015 at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - February 6, 2015
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS posted an announcement today thanking Hugh Jackman and the team behind Broadway's THE RIVER for their contributions to BC/EFA's cause. Scroll down for a photo of Jackman and company!
by Pat Cerasaro - February 3, 2015
Hugh Jackman's run in THE RIVER is coming to a close!
by Pat Cerasaro - January 18, 2015
Hugh Jackman comments on the final weeks of THE RIVER on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - December 26, 2014
Swift reportedly donated $6,000 to the charity for the piece - which Jackman and another audience member also matched.
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2014
Producer Sonia Friedman just announced that The River, the critically acclaimed new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, has recouped its $3.2 million capitalization as of this week. The production plays through Sunday, February 8, 2015 only, at Circle in the Square Theatre (50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
by TV News Desk - December 8, 2014
Hugh Jackman stopped by ABC's THE VIEW and spoke about literally leaving blood, sweat and tears on the stage every night in his new Broadway play THE RIVER.
by Walter McBride - December 5, 2014
Jez Butterworth's The River recently opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square, starring Hugh Jackman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of Jackman in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by Walter McBride - December 4, 2014
Jez Butterworth's The River recently opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square, starring Hugh Jackman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of director Ian Rickson in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by Walter McBride - December 3, 2014
Jez Butterworth's The River recently opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square, starring Hugh Jackman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of cast member Laura Donnelly in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by BWW News Desk - December 2, 2014
Groupon today announced a campaign to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as well as campaigns to raise funds for Kiva, DonorsChoose.org and ioby. To join in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, Groupon will match funds collected for each of these campaigns in the United States, up to $25,000 per campaign and $100,000 total. In addition, each $10 donation to the Groupon campaign for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will automatically enter contributors into a sweepstakes* for a chance to win a trip to New York City, including VIP tickets to the new play, The River, on Broadway and a meet-and-greet after the show with the star and two-time Tony Award-winner, Hugh Jackman.
by Walter McBride - December 2, 2014
Jez Butterworth's The River recently opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square, starring Hugh Jackman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of cast member Cush Jumbo in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by Walter McBride - December 1, 2014
Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER recently opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square, starring Hugh Jackman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of Butterworth in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by BWW News Desk - November 29, 2014
Hugh Jackman recently took to Twitter to share a picture of himself whipping his friends into shape for charity.
by BWW News Desk - November 19, 2014
The River, the critically acclaimed new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, has been extended for an additional two weeks. The production will now play through Sunday, February 8, 2015 only, at Circle in the Square Theatre (50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
by TV - Opening Night Special - November 18, 2014
THE RIVER opened Sunday night, Nov. 16, at Circle in the Square (50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). A new play by Jez Butterworth, The River stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly andCush Jumbo and is directed by Ian Rickson. The production will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through Sunday, January 25, 2015. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for opening night and you can check out interviews with the company below!
by Walter McBride - November 18, 2014
THE RIVER opened Sunday night, Nov. 16, at Circle in the Square (50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). A new play by Jez Butterworth, The River stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly andCush Jumbo and is directed by Ian Rickson. The production will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through Sunday, January 25, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!