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222 West 45th St, New York, NY 10036


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Closed March 27, 2016

"In Michael Grandage's gentle, churning dream of a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, Erie is portrayed by that excellent actor Forest Whitaker, in a transfixing yet modest Broadway debut."

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Hughie?

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Forest Whitaker's Broadway Debut

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker treads the Broadway boards for the first time in Spring 2016, starring in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie. A short, eccentric character study, the play is essentially one long conversation between small-time hustler Erie and the night clerk of a 1920's New York motel, whom Erie regales with his flowery stories of booze, gambling and women.

Written in 1941, the play didn't make its Broadway bow until 1964, with Jason Robards in the role of Ernie. It's since enjoyed numerous revivals, most notably a 1996 Center in the Square production, directed by and starring Al Pacino. This new staging is helmed by acclaimed British theatre director Michael Grandage, whose 2014 Broadway transfer of The Cripple of Irishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, was nominated for six Tonys.

An Actor's actor

One of the country's most versatile performers, Forest Whitaker's first major film role came in 1988, when he starred as Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's biopic Bird. Renowned for his intense characterisations, he's since turned in countless memorable performances, including his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, which earned him an Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe.

What is Hughie About?

It's 1928 in New York City, and two-bit hustler Erie Smith returns to a rundown motel hoping to find Hughie, the night clerk. Hughie may have been a bit of a chump, but he could always be counted on to listen with rapt attention as Erie spun endless tall tales about the women he'd bedded and the money he'd raked in on the horses. Sadly, the new night clerk Charlie (Tony winner Frank Wood) informs him that Hughie has passed away.

Still in need of someone to give him the validation he craves, Erie settles on Charlie as his new audience. Yet, this new night clerk isn't the awe-struck sucker that his predecessor was, and their conversation begins to take on a very different flavor than the one Erie had planned.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 8 February 2016

Opening night: 25 February 2016


May be inappropriate for children aged 10 and under. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

65 minutes, no intermission


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Forest Whitaker as Erie Smith
Frank Wood as The Night Clerk


Written by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Michael Grandage
Sets and Costumes by Christopher Oram
Lighting by Neil Austin
Sound by Adam Cork

What we thought

SLOW Memorable stirring

Whitaker's performance shows the confidence and charm Erie exudes while subtly revealing his loneliness and disconnect.

Typical to O'Neill's style the play explores the deepest stirrings of the human spirit. Whitaker's performance shows the confidence and charm Erie exudes while subtly revealing his loneliness and disconnect.

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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

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Anonymous: “Great performance, but poor plot.”

Although the play retracts a depressive man, and some very realistic issues,... more

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