Tix and info at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
That’s me, as Hector, and the boys above.
Also splendid in the cast are: Rob Donohoe, Cliff Burgess and Angie Radosh, playing respectively: the ambitious headmaster, the new teacher on the block, and the lady who’s seen it all. They are pictured here in their agreeable daytime personas, but trust me, these are fine actors capable of startling transformations as anyone who saw them as the profoundly disturbed and disturbing characters from Dramawork’s last season’s production of Buried Child can tell you.
I find generally that there is a welcome appreciation of British theatrical product in the USA. Enhanced these days by what could be called the Downton Abbey Effect. So perhaps it’s worth mentioning that the last time I was in a play by Alan Bennett was half a lifetime ago in 1993.
It was The Madness of George III, a National Theatre production out of London, UK and we toured for 13 weeks along East Coast USA, completing the tour at BAM in NYC.
The film version was (at Nigel Hawthorne’s suggestion) renamed The Madness of King George lest anyone expect sequels. I played the small (but crucial) role of Sir Boothby Skrymshir, and my performance in the film survives in the director’s cut only, but that was the show that gave me a first real look at America.
The amazing Dame Helen has of course lately appeared on Broadway in The Audience giving a stunning performance as the current British monarch. One feature of that show was the impossibly fast costume changes she achieved. Our costume designer is the profoundly talented Erin Amico with whom I had the pleasure to work ten years ago. Though I say it myself, I think this is a terrific production in all its elements, and it’s no spoiler to tell you that although I’m not playing royalty, my costumes in The History Boys include seven bow ties in quick succession.
26 replies on “We Open Tonight!”
Break a bloody leg, Col!
Oh my gosh! Say hello to Angie for me. It’s been forever since we did Summer Shorts together. Hope you’re having a blast in sunny Florida!
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Hi Finnerty – will do!
Thanks Dave, takes me back eh? Snooker in Stamford, Pool in Thessaloniki …
Hi Colin, I saw the first preview. An absolutely marvelous production. I already wrote a “review” in my blog, but I imagine it’s “bad luck” for you to go there before the official opening. So, indeed, break a leg tonight, but here’s the link to my write up:
I never saw The Madness of King George III, but had the pleasure of seeing Bennett’s The Habit of Art which I enjoyed as much as The History Boys. Brilliant writer. Glad you are back with PBD!
Thanks Bob – I’ll read your post later!
A warm hand on your opening! Apropos, what?
Of course, break a leg! British and predictable to the core. Much love and great touring memories Colin. Remember that the Producer always wins – matches or money! Joan x
Can’t we go on the road again?
Happy opening my friend!! Break many legs…. xoxo
Thanks Lynette, hope all’s well with you!
Break a leg Colin! I’m so glad you’re here!
Me too you Sofia!
Have a ball and give my bet to Rob! xoxo
Certainly will Barbara, thanks!
Break a leg!! I would love to see you in this!!!!
Happy Opening! xoxo Henny ________________________________
Nine years of shows with clog dancers cured me of wishing, “break a leg,” two times they did…so, Brother-in-law, I do hope opening night was well received…Josef
Good luck Colin! JOxx
Wish I could be there… break a leg Colin!
reading over just set me remembering – and raise a glass to you – suas alba! All the best Colin…Barrie