Lane game for ‘Butley’

Thesp takes title role in Martin production

NEW YORK — “The Odd Couple” may be set to close June 4, but Nathan Lane won’t be gone from Broadway for long.

Next up is the title role in “Butley,” director Nicholas Martin’s staging of the 1971 Simon Gray play about a British professor who loses his wife and his lover on the same day. Show, produced by Elizabeth I. McCann, begins previews at the Booth Theater Oct. 5 and opens Oct. 25.

Lane appeared in “Butley” under Martin’s direction in a well-received 2003 production at Boston’s Huntington Theater, where Martin is a.d. Brit thesp Alan Bates memorably played the role in the 1972 Broadway production (which earned the thesp a Tony) and then in the 1974 film version directed by Harold Pinter.

Bates’ son, Benedick, portrayed Butley’s male lover in the Huntington incarnation but looks unlikely to reprise his role on Broadway.

Design team will consist of two alums of the 2003 version, Alexander Dodge (set) and David Weiner (lights), along with Ann Roth (costumes) and John Gromada (sound).

“Butley” follows the limited engagement of “Faith Healer,” which shutters Aug. 13.

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