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239 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

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Ended 3 Jan 2011 after 3 months

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Mr. Rylance delivers a comic performance of such polished crudeness that it easily ranks with his Tony-winning tour-de-farce of two years ago

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Closed 3 Jan 2011

American playwright David Hirson's rollicking 1991 play, La Bête, is a comic tour de force about Elomire (David Hyde Pierce), a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theatre, and Valere (Mark Rylance), a low-brow street clown who loves only himself.

When the fickle princess (Joanna Lumley) decides she’s grown weary of Elomire's royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages.

La Bête will star Tony and Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing), Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce (Dr Niles Crane in Frasier) and BAFTA Award winner Joanna Lumley (Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous) and will be directed by the multi award-winning Matthew Warchus (The Norman Conquests, God of Carnage, Boeing-Boeing).

Previews from 23rd September 2010
Opening night 14th October 2010
Closes: 9th January 2011

Audience: La Bête is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time : One hour and 45 minutes with no intermission 

Show Schedule

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Matinee - - 2:00 - - 2:00 3:00
Evening - 7:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 -

Christmas & New Year Schedule
December 24th – No performance
December 25th – 8pm performance only  (no matinee)
December 26th – 3pm & additional 7:30 pm performance
December 31st – No performance
January 2nd - 3pm & additional 7:30 pm performance

Additional Information


Opening night: 23 September 2010

Closing night: 3 January 2011

What You Say

18 reviews, average rating: (3.1 Stars)

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Eric: “Simply Brilliant”

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