Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin will join previously announced stars Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in the forthcoming Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King. Translated by Neil Armfield and Rush and directed by Armfield, the play will begin performances on March 7 and open on March 26 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The limited engagement will run for 14 weeks, through June 14. Additional casting will be announced soon.
Exit the King centers on a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger Rush, whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite Sarandon and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control.
Ambrose Queen Marie played Ophelia this past summer in the Public Theater’s Central Park production of Hamlet and starred as Juliet in the Central Park production of Romeo and Juliet in 2007. On Broadway, she co-starred in Awake and Sing!, winner of a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble, and appeared in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at London’s National Theatre. Best known for her Emmy-nominated run as Claire Fisher in the HBO series Six Feet Under, Ambrose appears in the upcoming films Where the Wild Things Are, Starting Out in the Evening, Loving Leah and A Dog Year.
Martin Juliette most recently starred on Broadway as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, a performance that earned a Tony Award nomination, and in the Encores! presentation of On the Town. She won a Tony for My Favorite Year and was nominated for her performances in Oklahoma! and Candide. Off-Broadway credits include The Exonerated, The Vagina Monologues, Nude Nude Totally Nude, The Merry Wives of Windsor and the Encores! production Out of This World. An Emmy winner for SCTV, Martin appeared in the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Wag the Dog among others.
Exit the King will be produced by Stuart Thompson, Robert Fox, Howard Panter, Tulchin/Bartner, Scott Rudin and The Shubert Organization.