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May 28 2013 6:00 pm
Director Sam Yates and actor Alan Cox set for CORNELIUS talk at Drama Book Shop
New York, New York May 22, 2013—Director Sam Yates and actor Alan Cox will be at the Drama Book Shop for a special Q&A event about the upcoming Brits Off Broadway production of J. B. Priestley's CORNELIUS. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 PM at the Drama Book Shop (250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). The event is FREE and open to the public.
This near-forgotten play by J. B. Priestley is as relevant today as it was in 1935. Set during the post-Crash years, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led. The Times enthused, "Anyone who has ever sat behind an office desk and felt a creeping, claustrophobic panic will find this little-known 1935 drama by J. B. Priestley painfully pertinent."
Actor Alan Cox (last seen in NY in The Caretaker at BAM) and director Sam Yates (who was associate director on Hamlet starring Jude Law, directed by Michael Grandage, and One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Nicholas Hytner) lead a conversation about this prescient play and writer J.B. Priestley's (An Inspector Calls) legacy. A Q&A follows.
This production of CORNELIUS was originally produced in association with Neil McPherson at Finborough Theatre as part of their 2012 rediscoveries season, where it received monumental accolades from the London critics, called "monumental" (The Guardian), "a superb revival" (Evening Standard), and "piercingly relevant, compassionate and delivers, like Cornelius' bons mots, with great style" (The Times, London). It now comes to NY courtesy of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters for a strictly limited engagement, from Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 30. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. For more information, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.
Sam Yates (director) trained with directors Michael Grandage, Phyllida Lloyd, Trevor Nunn, Josie Rourke, and Jamie Lloyd. Highlights as associate director include Hamlet starring Jude Law (dir. Michael Grandage, Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway); One Man, Two Guvnors (dir. Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre UK and World Tour); and Madame de Sade starring Judi Dench (dir. Michael Grandage, Donmar West End). From 2011 - 2013 Yates was Artistic Associate to Laurie Sansom at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton. Direction includes Cornelius by J.B. Priestley (Finborough Theatre); Poetry Week with Josephine Hart (Donmar Warehouse); Mixed Marriage by St John Ervine (Finborough Theatre); Lights (National Theatre Studio); Mrs P. (Mercury Musical Developments); Electra and Oedipus (Garrick Theatre, Stockport); Grief by Eugene O'Hare and Clever by Sally Woodcock (RADA new plays festival); Oleanna (Hong Kong Arts Centre); The Turke (Arcola Theatre); The Tempest and Macbeth (ADC Theatre, Cambridge and Edinburgh Festival); and Purgatory by W.B. Yeats (Edinburgh Festival). He is Artistic Director of 31 Productions and through them produced Mixed Marriage and Cornelius (Finborough Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York).
Alan Cox made his Broadway debut as Owen in Translations for Manhattan Theatre Club at the Biltmore which originated at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. His work in the U.K. includes seasons at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre. He made his West End debut in Strange Interlude, and recent appearances include The Creeper and The Importance of Being Earnest. Off West-End he appeared in the London premieres of The Earthly Paradise, The Flu Season, The Rubenstein Kiss and Passion Play. He also played Tom Broadbent in John Bull’s Other Island at the Lyric Theatre Belfast and toured with Howard Barker’s Wrestling School in The Fence in its Thousandth Year. His film work includes August, The Speed of Thought, The Auteur Theory, Mrs. Dalloway, An Awfully Big Adventure and Young Sherlock Holmes. Television credits include Not Only But Always, Housewife 49 and John Adams (HBO).
J.B. Priestley (playwright) was born in 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire. His plays dominated the London stage from the 1930s to the 1950s with such classics as Dangerous Corner, Eden End, Laburnum Grove, I Have Been Here Before, Time and the Conways, When We Are Married, Johnson Over Jordan, They Came to a City, An Inspector Calls, The Linden Tree, Summer Day’s Dream and The Glass Cage. His many novels include The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, Bright Day and Lost Empires. During the Second World War, he established a new reputation as a broadcaster and social commentator. He died in 1984
CORNELIUS: A forgotten masterpiece from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley.
New York, New York April 25, 2013—59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome the Finborough Theatre production of J.B. Priestley's CORNELIUS, directed by Sam Yates, to Brits Off Broadway. Produced by Jagged Fence, Handsome Dog and 31 Productions, CORNELIUS begins performances on Saturday, June 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 30. Press opening is Tuesday, June 11 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. For more information, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.
As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led. A forgotten masterpiece by one of Britain's greatest dramatists.
This production of CORNELIUS was originally produced in association with Neil McPherson at Finborough Theatre as part of their 2012 rediscoveries season, where it received monumental accolades from the London critics, called "monumental" (The Guardian), "a superb revival" (Evening Standard), and "piercingly relevant, compassionate and delivers, like Cornelius' bons mots, with great style" (The Times, London).
The cast features Emily Barber, Alex Bartram (Hedda Gabler, Duke of York/Almeida), Robin Browne (House and Garden, National Theatre), Pandora Colin (Design for Living, dir Peter Hall, Bath Theatre Royal), Alan Cox (The Caretaker, BAM), David Ellis (The Ballad of the Copper Revolution, Old Vic Tunnels), Andrew Fallaize (The Prince of Homburg, Royal Shakespeare Company), Col Farrell (The Dresser, Duke of York's Theatre), Beverley Klein (Les Miserables, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre and Palace Theatre), Jamie Newall (The Alchemist, National Theatre), Xanthe Patterson, and Simon Rhodes (Accomplice, Menier Chocolate Factory).
The production designer is David Woodhead; the lighting designer is Howard Hudson; the composer is Alex Baranowski.
PETER AND ALICE
London's Noel Coward Theatre
With JUDI DENCH and BEN WHISHAW. Directed by Michael Grandage
“Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours”
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
Judi Dench plays Alice and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010.
March 5, 2013: Bond's M and Q team up on stage
March 6, 2013: Stranger than Fiction —Scout, London
March 6, 2013: An Interview with Olly Alexander —The Beaver
March 8, 2013: This week's new theatre —The Guardian
March 17, 2013: John Logan on the tragedy of Peter and Alice —BBC News
March 26, 2013: Peter and Alice, Noël Coward Theatre (Review) —The Arts Desk
March 26, 2013: Peter and Alice, Noel Coward Theatre, review —The Telegraph ★★★★☆
March 26, 2013: Peter and Alice – review —The Guardian ★★★★☆
March 27, 2013: Peter and Alice (Review) —LondonTheatre.co.uk ★★★★☆
March 26, 2013: Peter and Alice, Noël Coward Theatre, London – review —The Financial Times ★★★★☆
March 29, 2013: Peter & Alice, Noël Coward. Rhys Jennings falls down the rabbit-hole to Neverland at Peter & Alice —Fourth Wall Magazine ★★★★
April 2, 2013: Peter and Alice, review. Tim Walker is impressed by a moving study of lives shaped by JM Barrie and Lewis Carroll —The Telegraph ★★★★★
April 4, 2013: An embarrassment of theatrical riches —The Stage UK
The script for PETER AND ALICE is now available at $16.99.