Finally, the dates have been announced for the Broadway production of Jez Butterworth’s The River, which is set to star Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman. The show will also feature the talents of Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, who will be making their Broadway debuts. The River will play for a limited engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre beginning October 31 with a run through January 25. An opening night for the show is scheduled for November 16.
Jackman is no newbie to the Broadway scene. He won a Tony Award for his role as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. He has also appeared in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. Film and television credits for the star include Australia, Kate & Leopold, Les Miserables, The Prestige, and the X-Men series among several others. Jackman is also planning to perform in the long-awaited movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth in addition to preparing to host the Tony Awards.
Donnelly has been seen on stage in Boston Marriage, Dancing at Lughnasa, Judgement Day, and Romeo and Juliet. Film credits for the actress include Dread, Heart of Lightness, Hello Carter, Insatiable, and Right Hand Drive.
Jumbo also has worked on the stage before. She received the Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Awards for her self-written solo show entitled Josephine and I. Additional stage credits include A Doll’s House, As You Like It, and Julius Caesar for which she received and Olivier nomination. Her film and television credits include Remainder and Vera.
The River is Jez Butterworth’s follow-up production to the Tony nominated production entitled Jerusalem. The play tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night. The show is directed by Ian Rickson and will feature will feature set design by Ultz, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck.