Tony Award Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Looks to London
Who doesn’t love a good slip of the tongue? While the Broadway press always finds out what is happening sooner or later, it’s always much more fun to find out what is going on in the theatre world when it is accidentally revealed to us. Director, producers and songwriters have done this many times out of pure excitement. However, today a brand new one took place regarding a production Broadway has not forgotten about and is happy to see once again in the headlines. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is looking to transfer to London’s West End!
Word broke today that the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is looking to make a bow sometime soon in London. Word broke when David Hyde Pierce paid a visit today to talk show host Tavis Smiley to talk about the latest projects he has been working on. During that conversation, Pierce dropped the line;
“And in the fall the plan is to take Vanya to London, the original production, and I’ll go back to acting in it.”
Currently, David Hyde Pierce is serving as director for the piece during its Los Angeles premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. David Hyde Pierce appeared in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Vanya and was received a Tony Award nomination for his work.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike premiered on Broadway March 5th, 2013 and officially opened March 14th at the John Golden Theatre. Critics responded strongly to the piece and audiences consistently filled the house for the new farce. The production was extended twice into August playing a total of 201 performances. On July 1st, almost two months before the show’s run was scheduled to end, the show recouped it’s $2.75 million dollar investment. An incredible achievement for a play on Broadway. The show received 6 Tony Award nominations and won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.
While it was not clear whether or not Pierce was scheduled to break such news to the press regarding Vanya, the production seemed to stumble yet still respond to media requests for a statement on a potential transfer.
“The producers of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike have begun exploring the possibility of a London production. While there is lots of interest in presenting the 2013 Tony-winning Best Play across the pond, there is nothing official to report at this time.”
Clearly the producers of the production were not ready yet to make any sort of official statement. However, if they do plan on a Fall opening in London, we will be finding out shortly about Vanya heading to London. If the production does transfer, it is assumed the entire original cast and creative team would more than likely go with it. This would be due to the overwhelming success of the production on Broadway. I’m very interested to see where this heads. Many British plays head to Broadway quite often and we so rarely see American productions head in the opposite direction.
Luner on Theatre will continue to keep you updated on a potential transfer of Broadway’s Tony Award winning play to London! While Broadway is so used to its british imports, it is always exciting to see something head across the pond in the opposite direction. It makes those of us here on Broadway feel like we’ve actually done something pretty darn well. Stay tuned for more – we will be sure to bring it to you. For more information, visit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’s Los Angeles Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!