Brian Hutchison has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King. Hutchison, who will play the Guard, completes the revival’s cast, which will star the previously announced Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin. Featuring a new translation by Rush and Neil Armfield, who will also direct, the show starts previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 7, with an opening set for March 26.
Hutchison’s previous Broadway credits include Proof and The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway he’s appeared in From Up Here, Oh the Humanity…, Mr. Marmalade, People Be Heard, Indoor/Outdoor, The Hiding Place, Theophilus, North, Can’t Let Go and She Stoops to Conquer. His TV credits include Dealbreaker, Hope & Faith, Law & Order: SVU and CI.
Written in 1962, Exit the King follows the slow death of a monarch whose reign has outlasted both its welcome and its allotted time. The play premiered at the Lyceum Theatre in 1968, where it played 47 performances. Exit the King was filmed twice for French television, in 1978 and in 2006. In 2007, the Australian theater troupe Company B mounted productions in Sydney and Melbourne, both helmed by Armfield and starring Rush.
The design team for Exit the King includes Dale Ferguson sets & costumes, Damien Cooper lighting and Russell Goldsmith sound. John Rodgers is the composer. Exit the King is being produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Robert Fox, Howard Panter, Tulchin/Bartner, Scott Rudin and The Shubert Organization.
The production is set to play through June 14.