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Closed December 6, 2009

And when, in the plays second act, this mother (Ms. Harris) and daughter (Ms. Maxwell) start to preach the family gospel to an apostate in their midst, something close to a miracle occurs.

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Why See The Royal Family?

Members of the Cavendish theatrical dynasty decide they must choose between life in the theatre or life as civilians.

A rollicking portrait of a flamboyant theatrical family and how they cope with the dumbfounding fact that one of them wishes to marry someone NOT actually connected with show business. Though a thinly-veiled parody of the Barrymore family circa 1927, the family is full of timeless showbiz archetypes.

It's half past one in the afternoon at the fabulously cluttered Cavendish duplex in the East Fifties, and anyone who's anyone is still asleep. So begins The Royal Family, the classic comedy of theatrical manners, written by two of the theatre's greatest writers, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, whose other storied collaborations include Dinner at Eight and Stage Door.

Follow a famous family of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to performances, stealing kisses from handsome beaus. But what's this business about the youngest diva wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling! Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs a fantastic cast in this insightful, witty and moving valentine to the theatre.

Previews from: 15th September 2009
Opens: 8th October 2009
Closes: 13th December 2009

Audience: Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Samual J Freidman Theater.

Run Time: Two hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions

Show Times

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Matinee - - - - - 2 pm 2 pm
Evening - 7 pm 8 pm 8 pm 8 pm 8 pm -

*Time Change: Wednesday, November 4 @1pm

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Opening night: 15 September 2009


Best Costume Design of a Play: Catherine Zuber

5 Nominations
Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play: Jan Maxwell
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: Rosemary Harris
Best Scenic Design of a Play: John Lee Beatty
Best Costume Design of a Play: Catherine Zuber

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