Brit thesp Mark Rylance has stepped into the cast of the upcoming West End revival of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” directed by Simon McBurney, who will now also appear as an actor in the production.
Rylance, who picked up a 2008 Tony for “Boeing-Boeing” and recently won raves for his perf in “Jerusalem” at the Royal Court, will play the part of master Hamm in the 1957 Beckett play, with McBurney, who helmed “All My Sons” on Broadway last season, portraying servant Clov.
Miriam Margolyes and Tom Hickey will play Hamm’s parents.
Cast switch-up is due to the departure of the previously announced thesp to play Clov, Adrian Scarborough, whose withdrawal was attributed to the actor’s over- commitment in the coming months. That in turn prompted the exit of Richard Briers, who had joined the production with the specific aim of playing Hamm opposite Scarborough.
Revival’s sked has been delayed by a couple of weeks, with the show beginning previews Oct. 2 at the Duchess Theater, where the press opening is set for Oct. 15.
Revival is presented by Complicite, the legit troupe of which McBurney is a.d., along with producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer.