In a deal the portends further transfers of English theatrical hits to Broadway, producers Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams have inked a first look deal with London’s white-hot Donmar Warehouse, starting with it’s current production of “The Real Thing” by Tom Stoppard.
The Warehouse has seen three recent productions transfer to Broadway as hits, and two moved courtesy of Waxman and Williams’ Four Corners Prods. banner.
The Sam Mendes-helmed revival of “Cabaret,” (which starred Natahsha Richardson and won the Tony for best revival of a musical,) and “The Blue Room,” (which starred Nicole Kidman) were enormously profitable stateside. And the Donmar’s David Leveaux-helmed “Electra” — which like “Cabaret” was also co-produced Four Corners Prods. — had an enormously successful limited run on Broadway last winter.
Waxman and Williams will now get the exclusive first shot “at anything that was performed under the Donmar’s roof,” said Caro Newling, exec producer at the Donmar.
The Donmar’s current production, a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” is likely to be the first project to move to the West End and to Broadway under the new Four Corners/Donmar agreement, according to Williams.
“If everything, goes well, that’s the plan,” said Williams, “first we’d take it to the West End, and then to Broadway.”
Newling confirmed that “discussions” were on going, but added: “We’re a long way from placing hand on heart and saying ‘We’re going to move it.’ ” she said, “A lot still has to happen.”
The two, who have partnered separately with helmer Leveaux to form Orpheus Prods., said their first-look deal did not include Leveaux or Orpheus, and it is by coincidence that he is helming Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” at the Donmar.
“The Real Thing” is expected to return to Broadway sometime next year.
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