Yet another new import from London will make its way to Broadway. Conor McPherson's The Seafarer will begin previews October 17, while opening night is set for November 15; the exact theatre is yet to be announced.
Originally staged last December by the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, this will mark the third time a McPherson work has reached the Great White Way. His last to reach Broadway was Shining City, which was Tony nominated last year for Best Play.
Set in Dublin, the play is described by the National Theatre as being a "powerful, funny, unsettling tale." The National Theatre provides the following synopsis:
Drink yourself up on to the next shelf in the basement. Drink to where possibility feels infinite and your immortality feels strong.
It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul.
The cast is yet to be announced, although there is speculation that Olivier Award-winning actor Jim Norton may recreate his role as Richard Harkin since the role has already been cast. Norton's only other Broadway appearance was in the staging of McPherson's The Weir back in 1999.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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