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Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce star in David Hirson's rollicking play.

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La Bete Star Mark Rylance Hopes to Dance into 2011

La Bete Star Mark Rylance Hopes to Dance into 2011

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

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La Bete’s Mark Rylance on Playing the Fool and Heading to Jerusalem

La Bete’s Mark Rylance on Playing the Fool and Heading to Jerusalem

In La Bete, Mark Rylance not only has the difficult task of performing a script written entirely in rhyming verse, but as the buffoonish street clown Valere, he delivers a nearly 40-minute-long comic monologue, offending the intellectually esteemed playwright Elomire (David Hyde Pierce) by vulgarly stripping and drunkenly burping throughout. The British actor, who served as artistic director of London ...

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La Bete Playwright David Hirson on the Thrill of Getting a Broadway Second Act

La Bete Playwright David Hirson on the Thrill of Getting a Broadway Second Act

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At age 29, David Hirson completed the daunting task of writing a play composed entirely in rhyming verse. The next task was even more daunting: getting his script produced. Two decades later, the play in question, La Bête, is enjoying its second Broadway mounting in an acclaimed revival at the Music Box Theatre starring Tony winner ...

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La Bete Sets Broadway Closing Date

La Bete Sets Broadway Closing Date

The first Broadway revival of David Hirson's comedy La Bete will play its final performance on January 9, 2011. The production, which stars Tony winners Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce alongside Joanna Lumley, first played London's West End earlier this year before opening on Broadway on October 14. The show is directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus ...

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David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Crack Up on La Bete's Opening Night

David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Crack Up on La Bete's Opening Night

Even after the curtain came down on La Bete's October 14 opening night performance, the show's comedic trio of  David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley (who perform the incredibly word-filled show entirely in rhyming verse) still managed to keep up the banter as they praised David Hirson's clever comedy. After the performance, the stars headed ...

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A Royal Riot of an Opening for La Bete's Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

A Royal Riot of an Opening for La Bete's Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce
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On October 14 the first Broadway revival of David Hirson's clever rhyming comedy La Bete roared its way back onto Broadway charged with the star power of Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley. After a performance continually greeted with laughter from the audience, the trio finally got to break character and have some laughs of their own ...

Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Throughout the rhyme-filled comedy La Bete, the characters played by David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley discuss the importance of pleasing audiences when writing plays. Appropriately enough, we sent three members of our new Word of Mouth panel to check out the comedy and see if it stayed true to its crowd-appealing beliefs. After heading to the Music ...

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Squigs Brings Some Artistic Beauty to La Bete

Squigs Brings Some Artistic Beauty to La Bete

For his latest creation, Broadway.com resident artist Justin 'Squigs' Robertson has captured the animosity between La Bete's resident intellectual Elomire (David Hyde Pierce) and buffoonish clown Valere (Mark Rylance) while the play's prickly Princess (Joanna Lumley) and her court's adoring actors look on. Much like playwright David Hirson uses a highly stylized rhyming verse format to ...

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Joanna Lumley Talks About Her Absolutely Fabulous Broadway Debut as La Bete’s Hot-Tempered Princess

Joanna Lumley Talks About Her Absolutely Fabulous Broadway Debut as La Bete’s Hot-Tempered Princess

In addition to a pair of Tony-winning leading men, David Hirson's La Bete has arrived on Broadway with a member of British TV royalty above the title: Iconic star Joanna Lumley is making her Broadway debut as the play's strong-willed Princess. Performed entirely in iambic pentameter, the comedy centers on what happens when the Princess forces a newly ...

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Wheels on Fire! La Bete's Joanna Lumley Dishes on Possible Absolutely Fabulous Reunion

Wheels on Fire! La Bete's Joanna Lumley Dishes on Possible Absolutely Fabulous Reunion

A possible reunion special for the hit '90s British TV series Absolutely Fabulous may be in the works, the show's star Joanna Lumley (who can currently be seen on Broadway in La Bete) told Broadway.com. "Next year is our 20th anniversary of the first season and there might be a special or something," Lumley said. "We can’t ...

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