Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Dame Maggie Smith Confirmed for London Albee Revival
Reports this morning confirm that Dame Maggie Smith -- one of the greatest living actresses in theatre and film, as well as one of my personal favorites -- will indeed be taking on the role of Elizabeth in a February revival of The Lady From Dubuque in London.
As I've previously reported, Smith and producer Robert Fox sought -- and have now confirmed -- Anthony Page to direct the Edward Albee play. Page is best known to New York audiences for helming stunning revivals of classics on Broadway, including his Tony Award-winning work for A Doll's House in 1997, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in 2003, and last year's Albee classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
I last had the immense pleasure of seeing Smith perform together with Dame Judi Dench in the 2002 London production of David Hare's emotionally rich The Breath Of Life. While there had been much speculation that that production would ultimately be transferred to Broadway, it never materialized. So it looks as though the best bet for seeing these great Dames remains traveling to London.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
The Dame as a Lady: Maggie Smith to Return to the Stage? (June 30, 2006)