Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) is set to make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal this fall. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the show begins previews on December 20 at the American Airlines Theatre in anticipation of a January 16, 2014 opening. The full cast and creative team for the limited engagement will be announced soon.
Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal tells the story of a Young Woman (Hall) who works as a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s. She finds her only joy in an illicit love affair, but when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom.
Machinal first premiered on Broadway in 1928 (with a young Clark Gable in his Broadway debut) before opening in London in 1931 under the title The Life Machine. The show received a West End revival in 1993 and earned a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Hall’s London stage resume includes Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Twelfth Night, as well as Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project productions The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard. Her screen credits include The Town, The Prestige, Dorian Gray, Iron Man 3 and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.