You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fiona Shaw, Deborah Warner back to Broadway

Actress to star in Colm Toibin's 'Testament of Mary'

Scott Rudin has locked in his latest Broadway project, bringing famed U.K. legit collaborators Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner back to New York with “The Testament of Mary,” a new solo play by Colm Toibin.

Rudin, whose recent Main Stem credits include “The Book of Mormon” and Mike Nichols’ revival of “Death of a Salesman,” was a producer of the 2002 revival of “Medea,” the last show that brought thesp Shaw and director Warner to Broadway. As a one-actor outing with prominent collaborators, “Testament of Mary” recalls Rudin’s 2007 offering “The Year of Magical Thinking,” which toplined Vanessa Redgrave performing a monologue by Joan Didion.

Highly regarded legiters Warner and Shaw — the actress whose pop culture profile has been upped by notable gigs in the “Harry Potter” films and a recent season of “True Blood” — have worked together for some 15 years on projects including their lauded staging of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” (which played Off Broadway in 1996) and a revival of “Happy Days” (seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008).

Irish novelist Toibin (“The Blackwater Lightship,” “The Master,” “Brooklyn”) first penned “Testament” as a monologue that bowed in Dublin in 2011 before the scribe turned it into a 2012 novella. Shaw will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, who tells her own story in the aftermath of her son’s crucifixion.

Along with Warner, the creative team of the world preem will include set designer Tom Pye (“All My Sons,” “Top Girls”) and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton.

“Testament of Mary” will play a 12-week run at the Walter Kerr Theater, the Broadway venue where Jessica Chastain starrer “The Heiress” ends its limited run Feb. 10. “Testament” begins previews March 26 ahead of an April 22 opening.

Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • Stephen Moore

    Stephen Moore, 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Android, 'Doctor Who' Actor, Dies at 81

    Stephen Moore, best known for his roles as the paranoid android Marvin in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” radio series and the Silurian Eldane in “Doctor Who,” has died. He was 81. “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” producer Dirk Maggs confirmed Moore’s death Saturday on Twitter, writing, “Our dear friend Stephen Moore has [...]

  • Ben Platt Variety Power of New

    Ben Platt on Coming Out and the Queerness of 'The Politician'

    Ben Platt never imagined he would one day star in a series like “The Politician.” “I didn’t think I could be a star of a show in general starting out. I think I was like, ‘I’ll do Broadway. I can be on stage and I can play Jimmy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Nathan Detroit [...]

  • Michael Jackson in concert in Milton

    Michael Jackson Musical to Open on Broadway in Summer 2020

    “MJ,” a musical based on the life and career of Michael Jackson, will open on Broadway in summer 2020. Preview performances will start July 6 before its official debut on Aug. 13. The stage show, which will include songs like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Smooth Criminal,” was originally [...]

  • The Wrong Man review

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Wrong Man'

    Credit songwriter Ross Golan for the seamless quality of “The Wrong Man,” his mesmerizing musical about a good man who deserves a good life but seems to attract nothing but bad luck. The show’s inventive book, music, and lyrics were all penned by this multi-hyphenate talent who was named 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the [...]

  • Kristin Chenoweth Broadway

    Listen: Kristin Chenoweth Wants to Write a Broadway Musical

    Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t just want to star in Broadway musicals. She’s thinking about writing one, too. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I think about it a lot,” Chenoweth said on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,” Variety‘s theater podcast. “I want someone to collaborate with me on a story I have, and it would be [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content