After two sold out, award-winning runs in London, the two-part gay epic play The Inheritance has announced a Broadway run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre starting on September 27, 2019.
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s The Crown) Daldry, Matthew Lopez‘s plays premiered at London’s Young Vic Theatre in 2018 before transferring to the West End. In the process it won Best Play at every major award ceremony and more accolades including the Olivier Awards for Best Direction (Stephen Daldry), Best Actor (Kyle Soler) and Best Lighting Design (Jon Clark).
Spanning nearly seven hours, the two plays tell an interweaving story of gay men in New York in the 21st Century. Loosely reinterpretting E.M Forster‘s Howards End, the story examines the current state of gay America through its history and its ideals.
The Inheritance has been compared to Tony Kushner‘s Angels In America, both for its length and its impact, being declared an instant modern classic. The Telegraph called it “perhaps the most important American play of the century so far”.
It was not without its detractors, with some critics calling the play out for its length and predominately privileged white, male characters. With the London production serving as the shows “out of town trial” and being constantly tweaked over the course of the run, it is unknown whether the New York production will include any more changes.
No casting has been announced for the Broadway run. It is not known whether members of the London cast (including Soler, John Benjamin Hickey and Vanessa Redgrave) will be joining the production.
Tickets are currently available through America Express Presale, with sales to the general public beginning on Monday 24 June. For tickets, and more information, visit https://theinheritanceplay.com/