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Set during the golden age of Hollywood, The Big Knife follows film star Charlie Castle, whose studio has been forced to cover up a mistake that could have ended his career. When a woman with insider knowledge threatens to come forward, the studio heads will stop at nothing to protect Charlie's secret. Charlie must decide what lengths he's willing to go to before just quitting the business for good.

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Performances ended on Jun. 2, 2013.

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About The Big Knife on Broadway

Previews: Mar 22, 2013 • Opening: Apr 16, 2013 • Closing: Jun 2, 2013
Broadway Plays Drama 2013 Tony Nominees
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Todd Haimes Theatre Todd Haimes Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Hearing Assistance
Assisted listening devices available. Infrared headsets are free to check out at coatcheck with a photo ID.
Wheelchair Access
The Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine are accessible.
Elevators and Escalators
Elevators are available to all levels of the theater.
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What is the Story of The Big Knife?
Set in the golden age of Hollywood, The Big Knife tells the story of successful movie star Charlie Castle, who is faced with a pivotal career-shaping decision: Should he renew his contract with the studio (and its manipulative chief Marcus Hoff) or heed his wife’s wishes and do away with Hollywood for good? As he struggles to make a choice, a struggling actress with insider knowledge of an accident involving Charlie may prove to be the most persuasive voice in his life.


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"The Big Knife’s first Broadway revival is muscular, moody and stylish, with a mostly solid cast under Doug Hughes’s shrewd direction."

Time Out NY

David Cote

"...the fine ensemble in this Roundabout production brings new life to the age-old story of artists trapped by the glitter of commercial success."

Associated Press

Mark Kennedy

"The director, Doug Hughes, does elicit some strong work from the sizable supporting cast."

The New York Times

Charles Isherwood

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Charlie Castle
Dixie Evans
Richard Kind
Marcus Hoff
Marion Castle
Ana Reeder
Connie Bliss
Joey Slotnick
Buddy Bliss
Nat Danziger
C.J. Wilson
Hank Teagle
Smiley Coy
Patty Benedict


Written by
Clifford Odets
Doug Hughes
Set Designer
John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer
Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer
James L. Ingalls
Original Music and Sound Designer
David Van Tieghem
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