He's prepping to host the Tonys, but that's just the beginning of Hugh Jackman's return to the New York stage! Dates have now been announced for the previously reported Broadway production of Jez Butterworth's The River, starring the Tony winner and Oscar nominee. The play will run for a limited engagement from October 31 through January 25 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with opening night set for November 16. In addition to Jackman, The River will star Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo.
Directed by Ian Rickson, The River is Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem. The play, which had an acclaimed run helmed by Rickson in 2012 at London's Royal Court Theatre, tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night.
Jackman won a Tony Award for playing Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz and has also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige, Les Miserables and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine. The Oscar-nominated star is also planning to channel P.T. Barnum in a long-in-the-works movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, featuring a new screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon.
In addition to the Royal Court production of The River, Donnelly has appeared on stage in Judgement Day, Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa and Boston Marriage. Her film credits include Heart of Lightness, Hello Carter, Dread, Insatiable and Right Hand Drive.
Jumbo received the Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Awards for her self-penned solo show Josephine and I. Her additional stage credits include Julius Caesar, for which she received an Olivier nominee, A Doll's House and As You Like It. On screen, Jumbo has starred in the TV series Vera and the film Remainder. Both Donnelly and Jumbo will make their Broadway debut in The River.
The River will feature set design by Ultz, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck.