The cast for the upcoming Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance is in place and it officially includes three-time Tony Award winner Glen Close, Tony Award winner John Lithgow, and Tony Award nominee Martha Plimpton. The three will be accompanied by Tony Award winner Lindsay Duncan, Olivier Award winner Clare Higgins, and Bob Balaban. The limited engagement will run for 18 weeks beginning October 20 at the Golden Theatre, with an opening night set for November 20.
The play will mark Close’s return to Broadway after 17 years. The six time Oscar nominee has won Tony awards for her performances in Sunset Boulevard, The Real Thing, and Death and the Maiden. Lithgow has won Tony Awards for his work in Sweet Smell of Success and The Changing Room. His performances in The World According to Garb and Terms of Endearment earned him Oscar nominations as well. Most recently, Plimpton starred in the London premiere of Other Desert Cities. Her work in Pal Joey, The Coast of Utopia, and Top Girls have earned her Tony Award nominations. Broadway appearances for the star include Cymbeline, Shining City, and Sixteen Wounded.
Duncan won the Tony Award for his roles in Private Lives and Les Liaisons Dangeruses. Higgins has won 3 Olivier Awards for her work in Hecuba, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Vincent in Brixton for which she also received a Tony nod. Balaban’s Broadway credits include Plaza Suite, Speed-the-Plow and The Inspector General for which he received a Tony nomination.
A Delicate Balance tells the story of long-time married couple Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), who must maintain a counterbalance as they welcome home their 36 year old daughter (Plimpton) after the end of her 4th marriage. In the same weekend, the couple opens their home to their friends (Balaban and Higgins) while dealing with Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Duncan).
The Pulitzer Prize winning play was initially seen on Broadway in 1966 and was later revived by the Lincoln Center in 1996, starring Elaine Stritch. The current production which is helmed by Pam MacKinnon, will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.