Guthrie sets ’09-’10 season

'Brief Encounter' will premiere in February

The 2009-10 lineup at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater includes the domestic preem of a U.K. stage version of “Brief Encounter,” a filmed presentation of the National Theater’s production of “Phedre” and an acting turn by the theater’s artistic director.

The legit incarnation of Noel Coward‘s “Brief Encounter,” a Kneehigh Theater staging that proved a hit in London, bows at the Guthrie in February. Kneehigh a.d. Emma Rice reprises her directorial duties on the show, a production of which is currently touring the U.K.

Another London offering, “Phedre” — the Helen Mirren starrer that begins perfs at the National Theater this summer — will be shown on film at the Guthrie in July. “Phedre” is broadcast as part of the National’s new NT Live series, modeled on the Metropolitan Opera’s series of live HD transmissions.

Both “Brief Encounter” and “Phedre” are presented as part of the Guthrie’s WorldStage program.

Guthrie a.d. Joe Dowling will direct and star in a fall staging of “Faith Healer,” the 1979 Brian Friel play that was revived on Broadway in 2006. Dowling, who directed the American preem of Friel’s play “The Home Place” at the Guthrie in 2007, will appear in “Healer” in the title role, portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in the Rialto revival.

Co-starring in “Healer” with Sally Wingert and Raye Birk, Dowling also will direct Guthrie productions of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Macbeth,” and “She Stoops to Conquer” during 2009-10 season.

Also in the lineup, spread among the Guthrie’s three stages, are Ella Fitzgerald bio-tuner “Ella;” two David Henry Hwang plays, “M. Butterfly” (starring Randy Reyes) and “Yellow Face;” Rebecca Gilman’s Ibsen update “Dollhouse,” helmed by Wendy C. Goldberg; and a co-presentation with Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center of Enda Walsh’s play “The Walworth Farce,” in a production from Ireland’s Druid Theater.

Other offerings include “A Christmas Carol,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

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