Lynn Redgrave’s solo show “Nightingale” and London hit “That Face” have been added to the 2009-10 Off Broadway season at Manhattan Theater Club.
“Nightingale” is the third play from writer-thesp Redgrave that is inspired by the performer’s family, following “Shakespeare for My Father” and “The Mandrake Root.” Latest work is based on Redgrave’s memories of her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson.
Show, which preemed in London in 2006 and made its U.S. debut later that year at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A., begins previews at MTC’s Stage I Feb. 11 ahead of a Feb. 24 opening. Joseph Hardy helms.
“That Face,” by young U.K. scribe Polly Stenham, centers on a brother and sister who must grapple with their mother’s addictions and their estranged father’s sudden return. Show bowed to glowing reviews at London’s Royal Court in 2007 and went on to play the West End, with Lindsay Duncan among the cast.
No performers or director have yet been confirmed for the play’s Gotham debut, which starts previews at Stage I April 29 and opens May 18, 2010.
“That Face” and “Nightingale” join an MTC season that already includes two Donald Margulies plays, “Time Stands Still” and “Collected Stories,” and George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s comedy “The Royal Family.”