2019 OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING BEST PLAY
COMING TO BROADWAY THIS FALL
A New Play by MATTHEW LOPEZ Directed by STEPHEN DALDRY Designed by BOB CROWLEY
Acclaimed Two-Part Epic Begins Previews September 27, 2019 Official Opening Night November 17, 2019
At Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre
June 6, 2019 – Winner of the 2019 Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, and London Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, will bow on Broadway this fall, announced producers Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Hunter Arnold.
Directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s “The Crown”) and designed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, THE INHERITANCE will begin previews at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th street) on Friday, September 27, 2019 and will officially open on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
It begins with a gathering of young, gay New Yorkers. Each have a story aching to come out…
Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’s highly-anticipated two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations. Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howard’s End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.
THE INHERITANCE is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.
The design team for THE INHERITANCE includes scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jon Clark, sound designer Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby. General Management is by RCI Theatricals.
Casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
THE INHERITANCE had its world premiere at London’s Young Vic Theatre from March 2 through May 19, 2018. The acclaimed production transferred to the West End, where it played a limited engagement September 21, 2018 through January 19, 2019.
For more information, please visit InheritancePlay.com.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
MATTHEW LOPEZ (Playwright) is the author of The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theatre), productions that received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other plays include Somewhere and Reverberation (Hartford Stage), The Sentinels (Headlong Theatre, London), and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center). The Inheritance premiered last spring at London’s Young Vic Theatre before transferring to the West End. Lopez won the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Theatre Award, and the What’s On Stage Award for The Inheritance.
STEPHEN DALDRY (Director) started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and directed extensively in Britain’s regional theatres. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre where he headed the £26million redevelopment. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Public Theatre in New York and transferred many productions both to Broadway and the West End. His award-winning 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the UK. Billy Elliot the Musical has previously played in the West End, on Broadway, Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), North America, Toronto, The Netherlands, UK & Ireland Tours, Hamburg, Tokyo and Seoul. In 2009, the production won ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history. His first four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. His most recent film, Trash, set in the favellas of Rio de Janeiro, was nominated for Best Film not in the English Language at the 2015 BAFTAs. Stephen’s recent productions of The Audience and Skylight were both highly acclaimed and went on to win major theatre awards, completing sell-out runs in London and on Broadway. In 2017 Stephen directed The Jungle at the Young Vic, an intimate immersive theatrical experience about the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. The Jungle transferred to the West End in June 2018 and has just completed a well-received run at The Curran Theatre in San Francisco. In March 2018 Stephen directed The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s epic two-part play, which, following its sold out run at the Young Vic, transferred to the West End. Stephen won the 2019 Best Director Olivier Award for The Inheritance. Stephen has previously directed for BBC Radio and Television and is currently Director and Executive Producer on the Netflix series, The Crown, written by Peter Morgan, the third season of which is due to be released later in 2019. He is Director of the Pier 55 Performance Park in New York and was Creative Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BOB CROWLEY (Scenic and Costume Design). Recent productions: Alys Always, My Name is Lucy Barton and Allelujah! (The Bridge Theatre), The Moderate Soprano (West End), The Inheritance (Young Vic and West End), An American in Paris (Broadway, London and Paris – Tony Award, Olivier Award), Skylight (London and Broadway), Aladdin (Disney – Toronto & Broadway), The Glass Menagerie (American Rep Theatre, USA & Broadway), The Audience (London and Broadway), Once (London, Broadway & US Tour - Tony Award), People (National Theatre), The Dark Earth & Light Sky (Almeida). He has designed numerous productions for the National Theatre, including: Pinocchio, Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible, Juno & the Paycock (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, and Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys (Broadway - Tony Award), His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra, plus more than twenty-five productions for the RSC, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets (Olivier Award). For the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending. Other theatre credits include: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, UK Tour & Broadway – Tony Award), Disney’s Aida (Broadway – Tony Award), Disney’s Tarzan which he also directed (Broadway, Germany & The Netherlands), and The Year of Magical Thinking (Broadway & NT), The Coast of Utopia (New York – Tony Award), Carousel (New York – Tony Award), The Seagull (Public Theatre New York), Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Sweet Smell Of Success. Opera & Dance includes: Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, La Traviata (Royal Opera House), Alice in Wonderland (Royal Opera House & Canadian Ballet), Don Carlos (MET, NY), The Cunning Little Vixen (Châtelet). Film includes: Othello, Tales of Hollywood starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, Suddenly Last Summer directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith for the BBC, plus Costume Design for the film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. He is the recipient of the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.
TICKETING AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
Single tickets for THE INHERITANCE on Broadway will go on sale exclusively for American Express® Card Members on Friday, June 7 at 10am EST. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through Monday, June 17 at 9:59am EST by visiting www.InheritancePlay.com.
Beginning Monday, June 17 at 10am EST, tickets for THE INHERITANCE will be available through Audience Rewards® (www.AudienceRewards.com), The Official Rewards Program of Broadway & the Arts™.
Members of the program will be able to purchase tickets and can continue to earn Audience Rewards® Bonus ShowPoints through Monday, June 24 at 9:59am EST.
Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, June 24 at 10am EST by calling 212-239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.
THE INHERITANCE will be performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theater (243 West 47th street) on the following preview performance schedule, beginning September 27: Monday – Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm.
Beginning November 10, the performance schedule will be: Monday and Tuesday – no performance; Wednesday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm; Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm.