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- SHOW CLOSED FEBRUARY 9, 2002 -
EDDIE IZZARD joins the cast of Peter Nichols' wonderfully
moving masterpiece at the Comedy Theatre from 5 December.
Joe Egg opened at the New Ambassadors Theatre
earlier this year to enormous and unanimous critical and public acclaim.
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[more info here]
DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, THE
by Peter Nichol
||5 Dec 01
||11 Dec 01
||26 Feb 02
||9 Feb 02
||Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Mats Thurs& Sat at 2.30pm (XMAS:
No perfs 24, 25 or 26 Dec Additional matinee at 3.00pm on 28 Dec)
|B/O Tel Fee!
||Lashmars Theatre Tickets
||Eddie Izzard (replacing Clive Owen) (Bri), Victoria Hamilton (as
wife Sheila), Prunella Scales (as Bri's mother Grace), John Warnaby (Freddie)
and Robin Weaver (Pam)
||Sonia Friedman - Producer, Ambassador Theatre Group and Adam Kenwright.
||Public Eye (020 7351 1555)
||The drama concerns Bri and Sheila, and their severely mentally
handicapped child (nicknamed Joe Egg) aged 10. The parents invent conversations
and personality traits for the child, even though it seems unable to communicate
in any way itself. As Bri and Sheila begin to fabricate scenarios, their marriage
comes under increasing strain.
||Transfer from New Ambassadors
EDDIE COMES TO BROADWAY!
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents
a new Broadway production of PETER NICHOLS' play, A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG,
directed by LAURENCE BOSWELL and starring EDDIE IZZARD as Bri and VICTORIA HAMILTON
as Sheila at The American Airlines Theatre(227 West 42nd Street). Previews begin
on March 14th, 2003. This is a limited engagement through May 25th, 2003.
Additional cast members will be announced shortly. The sets and
costumes will be designed by ES DEVLIN.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG concerns Bri and Sheila, and their
handicapped child (nicknamed Joe Egg) aged 10. The parents invent conversations
and personality traits for the child, even though she seems unable to communicate
in any way. As Bri and Sheila begin to fabricate scenarios, their marriage comes
under increasing strain. Roundabout Theatre Company staged a production of A DAY
IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG in January 1985 which won two TonyŽ Awards including Best
Revival and a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival.
The Roundabout production was directed by Arvin Brown and starred
Jim Dale as Bri and Stockard Channing as Sheila (TonyŽ Award for Best Actress).
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG was first presented at the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre
in 1967. That same year it was produced in London where it won the Evening Standard
Award as Best Play of the Year. A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG premiered on Broadway
Ticket Information: Tickets for A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
will go on sale in February 2003 and are available by calling Roundabout Ticket
Services at (212) 719-1300 or at the box office at the American Airlines Theatre
at 227 West 42nd Street. Ticket prices range from $40-$65. www.roundabouttheatre.org
NY TICKET INFO:
American Airlines Theatre
Box Office 227 West 42nd Street
Open 10am - 8pm Tues. - Sat. for advance sales
Open 10am - 6pm Sun. & Mon. for advance sales
The Box Office will close at 6pm on any evening with no performance.
By Phone: Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300
NOTE: No official announcement has been made yet of Eddie's involvement,
this info is provided just in case they do announcement which it seems like they'll
do quite soon.
From the Ambassador Theatre Group
"Thank you for your kind letter relating to rumours of Joe
Egg transferring to New York with Eddie Izzard. Whilst the play received great
success in London, it is not currently on our schedule of confirmed projects to
transfer the piece with Eddie to New York. Of course, theatre is constantly changing
and should the right opportunity arise I'm sure that Joe Egg would be a strong
contender to be revived abroad. Should the situation change I shall contact you
again." (thanks Poco)
Joe Egg a Hit for BBCFour
Viewing figures are believed to be about 50 per cent higher for BBC4 than BBC
Knowledge, the digital channel it replaced, which attracted between 4,000 and
Some of BBC4's output has attracted audiences of 60,000 to 70,000, and highlights,
such as the filmed version of the stage play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg,
starring Eddie Izzard, passed the 100,000 mark.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg transfer to Comedy 5th
Dec starring Eddie Izzard (11.11)
Nichol's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg will transfer to the Comedy Theatre, when
its run finishes at the New Ambassadors theatre on 24th Nov 01.
The show will open on 11th Dec 01, following previews from 5th Dec 01, and
taking bookings to 26th Jan 02 at the Comedy Theatre. Eddie Izzard will join the
cast to play, Bri, replacing Clive Owen who has to undertake a film project.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was first produced at the Citizens Theatre,
Glasgow in May 1967 and subsequently transferred to London, where it won the Evening
Standard Drama Award for Best Play. The 1971 award-winning film adaptation, directed
by Peter Medak, starred Alan Bates, Janet Suzman and Peter Bowles. The play enjoyed
a New York run in 1985, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival.
The drama concerns Bri and Sheila, and their severely mentally handicapped
child (nicknamed Joe Egg) aged 10. The parents invent conversations and personality
traits for the child, even though it seems unable to communicate in any way itself.
As Bri and Sheila begin to fabricate scenarios, their marriage comes under increasing
Eddie Izzard (Bri) was last seen in the West End in the Sir Peter
Hall production of Lenny. Other theatre credits include Edward
II, 900 Oneonta and The Cryptogram. He has also
appeared in several films, most recently in The Cats Meow, which
has a general release this month.
Victoria Hamilton (Sheila) has just finished filming Lewis Gilberts
Memory of Water with Julie Walters, Patricia Hodge and John Hannah,
which has a release date of 2002. TV work includes Baby Father recently
shown on BBC2, The Savages and Victoria and Albert. Her
theatre credits include As You Like It for which she won the 2000
Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Summerfolk at the National
Theatre, and The Doctors Dilemma at The Almeida. Victoria was
the recipient of the 1996 Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer and the 1996
Ian Charleson Best Newcomer Award.
Prunella Scales (Grace), has been performing on stage and screen
since 1951 and is known to TV audiences world-wide as Sybil Fawlty
in the comedy Fawlty Towers. Her film work includes The Boys
From Brazil and Howards End.
The cast also includes John Warnaby as Freddie and Robin Weaver
It is directed by Laurence Boswell, designed by Es Devlin with lighting by
(from What's On Stage)
Eddie Izzard Leads Joe Egg Back to
Laurence Boswell's critically acclaimed revival of Peter Nichols'
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg will receive a new lease of West End life next month
when it transfers to the Comedy Theatre where, coincidentally, the play received
its original London premiere in 1967. The production finishes its current limited
run at the New Ambassadors Theatre on 24 November then reopens for another eight-week
season at the Comedy on 5 December 2001.
At its new home, comedian Eddie Izzard will take over from Clive Owen as Bri,
the young father struggling to come to terms with the burdens of caring for his
brain-damaged daughter. His official opening night in the part will be on 11 December.
Owen must leave at the end of the New Ambassadaros schedule due to filming commitments.
Izzard was last seen in a West End acting role in 1999, playing American comedian
Lenny Bruce in Lenny. His other stage credits include The Cryptogram, Edward
II and 900 Oneonta, while on film, he's appeared in Velvet Goldmine,
Shadow of the Vampire and The Avengers. As a stand-up comedian,
Izzard has a huge following for his touring comedy shows and videos such as Dress
to Kill and Glorious.
The rest of the Joe Egg cast - Victoria Hamilton (as wife Sheila), Prunella
Scales (as Bri's mother Grace), John Warnaby (Freddie) and Robin Weaver (Pam)
- remains the same with the Comedy transfer. The production is designed by Es
Devlin, with lighting by Adam Silverman and sound by Fergus O'Hare.
Boswell's revival is the first major London staging of A Day in the Death of
Joe Egg since the original 1960s production. Combining elements of tragedy with
grim humour, the play is widely recognised as dealing sympathetically with the
difficulties faced by parents and carers in such a situation.
The 1967 version of Joe Egg won the Evening Standard Award for Best
Play, with a Tony Award for Best Revival bestowed in 1985. The 1971 film interpretation,
adapted by Nichols himself, starred Alan Bates, Janet Suzman and Peter Bowles.
It was directed by Peter Medak (who went on to make Let Him Have It and
Romeo Is Bleeding) and won a United Nations film award.
Another Peter Nichols revival, his 1977 musical comedy Privates on Parade,
opens next month at the Donmar Warehouse. It is directed by Michael Grandage and
stars Roger Allam.
--thanks Gina & Mimi
Joe Egg willl be broadcast on BBC4 in mid March 2002 (times/dates will be announced
here when it is released). BBC4 is a new digital channel which will be available
to UK digital subscribers in early March. (02.19)
thanks Claire and Sarah
From London Theatre Guide (thanks peggy):
Wednesday 2nd Jan 02
Joe Egg extends, Noises Off transfer delayed
Peter Nichol's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, has been extended by two weeks at
the Comedy Theatre and is now taking bookings to 9th Feb 02.
Dressed to thrill
BY CLIVE DAVIS | The Times | 12.13.01 (thanks Spoot)
Britains most versatile comic takes on another challenge
WHEN HE bared all in the role of Lenny Bruce on the West End stage two years
ago, Eddie Izzard finally gave the gossip columnists something else to talk about
besides his taste in womens clothing. Izzard ventures further into the theatrical
mainstream this week when he takes over from Clive Owen in the revival of Peter
Nicholss tragicomedy, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. While he is
no stranger to straight acting, the play, inspired by Nicholss experience
of raising his handicapped daughter, represents one of the biggest challenges
of Izzards career.
Casting comedians may be a safe way of filling seats in the West End, but there
is a certain logic to recruiting Izzard, given the element of vaudeville running
through the play. It will be fascinating to see how he deals with the scenes in
which he addresses the audience directly.
At least we know that he enjoys stretching himself. Not many British comedians
can claim to have given a stand-up performance in French, and Izzard is now considering
a world tour in 2003 with the opening date in Berlin. The fact that he has not
yet learnt the language seems a minor consideration. Izzard is also busily building
his profile in Hollywood. Winning two Emmy awards last year for the video version
of his show, Dress to Kill, did him no harm at all, and now there is the
prospect of seeing him back in skirts in a Second World War movie, All The
Queens Men a tale of cross-dressing and code-breaking featuring
the Friends star Matt LeBlanc due out next year.
Izzards brand of erudite whimsy is not to all tastes: sceptics wonder
if part of his comic appeal stems from his skill at flattering his audiences
intelligence. But the surest sign of Izzards success is the scores of comedians
around the country trying to copy what he does. And failing, horribly.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Comedy Theatre, London SW1, until Jan 26
CV: Eddie Izzard
Born Yemen, February 7, 1962
Marital status Single
Secret of his success The way I do it is to talk a lot of garbage. My career
is talking rubbish
Political views Very new Labour, very Europhile
Idols Monty Python: I never wanted to be a stand-up. I just wanted to be
(from This is London)
Eddie plays it straight
Returning to its original 1967 home, Peter Nichols's heart-wrenching black
comedy transfers to the Comedy Theatre with the brilliantly surreal Eddie Izzard
stepping into the shoes of Clive Owen as the troubled teacher Bri.
The affable comedian, with a penchant for cross-dressing, may seem like an
unusual choice of replacement for Owen's swarthy charms, but Izzard's casting
is no commercial cop-out.
Despite some pretty unexceptional big-screen performances (think Velvet Goldmine
and The Avengers), his biggest stage role to date, as the anarchic deadpan specialist,
Lenny Bruce, revealed a talent for brooding disaffection - not what you'd expect
from a man more commonly associated with comic riffs about decomposing fruit.
And not a bad starting point for the character of Bri, Whose marriage is disintergrating
under the strain of caring for a severely handicapped daughter (Joe Egg of the
The increasing demoralised father and husband also repeatedly addresses the audiance
directly in stand-up monologue style: something that Izzard is clearly well over
- qualified for.
The rest of the company remains unchanged,with the wonderful Victoria Hamilton
extracting poignancy without pathos as Bri's struggling, but constant wife sheila
and Punella Scales playing the insenitive middle-class mother to excruciating
Izzard set for West End return
Comedian Eddie Izzard is to return to the West End stage next month to star in
A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg.
Izzard will replace Clive Owen as Bri in Peter Nichol's bittersweet comedy
when it transfers to the Comedy Theatre.
The rest of the cast, including Victoria Hamilton and Prunella Scales, will
stay in their roles. Owen has had to leave to begin a film project.
Today Izzard, who starts rehearsals on Monday, said: "The first night
will be extraordinarily interesting. There will be five or six people up to speed
- and one weirdo staring at them muttering is that your line or my line?"
Thanks Sarah and Mimi for scanning many of the pics!
FAN REVIEWS & PICS
Egg advert screencaps
Joe Egg And Chips
Review by Michelle (01.03.02)
My only opportunity to see Joe Egg was at the matinee today it was an
opportunity that only became available two days ago so when I booked I had to
take the best seat going. By the time I got to the Comedy Theatre today, I had
just about come to terms with having to sit four rows way back from Eddie in row
D seat 5. It was not the front row A10 to which I had become accustomed when I
saw Lenny three times at that distance Eddie constantly spat
on my shoe as he vehemently uttered forth as Mr Bruce and I was able to
catch two prized condom wrappers and a blue feather from his boa all of
which I keep proudly in my bag along with my extracted wisdom teeth! I have not
yet met anyone who has shared my joy at the possession of any of these artefacts!
But scrambling back to Joe Egg. Brilliant! Fantastic! I went to the theatre
already totally biased of course as would be any reader of this webpage
only went to see Eddie, only waited to see Eddie, only wanted to see Eddie.
And Eddie was at his tireless best. He was so capable, so enthralling, whilst
still remaining so improvisationally awesome and downright girlie giggly! I sat
on my own amongst a crowd of other women sitting on their own, listening to what
was after all a desperately sad story, grinning from ear to ear throughout the
whole performance. Ah, blisssssssssss.
Victoria Hamilton as Bris heroic wife and Joe Eggs
mother was, in my opinion, definitely cast as the evil baddie. Anyone who spends
night after night and even Thursday afternoons with Eddies tongue down her
throat and hands up her jumper deserves to be booed off the stage and out of the
galaxy. But wait annoyingly she was brilliant too and, even after Eddie
had tripped off stage at the end of the first half to leave Sheila
standing alone in the spotlight, I forgave her and settled down amongst my like
minded peers to enjoy her acting talents. Lucky cow though!
And nine year old little Sophie Bleasdale (that seems a familiar surname!?)
she spent a lot of enviable time cuddled up to Eddie too, but Ill
forgive her aswell as she twitched and groaned her little heart out. A jolly good
Egg I thought.
So as the final bow was taken I breathed in and stared hard to gather all I
could of this last glimpse of Eddie Izzard whenever he takes a bow he always
looks a little whimsical and embarrassed as if hes just awoken from a really
naughty dream. No way can I last til the beginning of 2004 for a British tour
so hed better come up with a few more thespian roles so I can book
my centre front seat and enjoy another good spit!
Back to reality then - down on the tube clutching my programme proudly like
a trophy and home again to a plate of chips with my young family. Maybe Eddie
popped over to MacDs in Haymarket for a similar plate full. Just goes to prove
these superduperstars are, as Pam would say, P.L.U. People
These are the first of the fan reviews posted on the izzard.com board. Thanks
Spoot, Dorene and Moira for sharing!
"I had some slight trepidations about Eddie in this play, it is not for
beginners, not much stage direction, hard to read at least for somebody not savvy
about theatre. But I think he's got it, the comedy not surprisingly, but also
the blackness and the despair.
He walked on the stage as the teacher and grabbed hold of the audience from the
first word. There was power there. And then, in the next scene with his wife first,
and then with Joe Egg, there was so much there to read, alienation, grief, mischief,
cynicism, self pity. Underneath all the comedy, casting deep shadows on the laughter.
No he was not perfect, still hasn't completely mastered the role, and the other
actors are still adjusting to his style. And I cannot tell how much being such
a rapid fan, infects my view. But I am convinced now that he is what I always
thought he might be, a powerful and creative actor." -- Spoot
"He really grabbed it as Bri I felt; an extremely promising start.
The way he chewed up those lines was a coup on the first night of working it!
I was really impressed with the range of emotion that worked across his face,
expressing pain, strain,sadness.
He was very believable as a teacher, casual/surly and jaded; very evident that
he'd had it with the profession.Then with the kid he had a real tender voice and
manner, while still conveying anger-or rather total despair-quite a trick to pull
His humour was a gift,of course. Many extra nuances of timing and expression ,
which the former actor really missed out.But additionally, Eddie's building,fuming
intensity in the second act was very real. So much energy,roaming around the scene,drumming
and flipping at things.
His face was always so poignant, even thru the comedy.He held a heavily lined
brow, and with those open soulful eyes it was highly effective.The blackness of
the humour and the pain of the situation was always evident.
There will be work to bring it together with the rest of the cast--they need to
catch up with his energy (except Prunella Scales who was brilliant)and Eddie will
no doubt up the intensity even more as he goes.
The thing is, I was so impressed with his ability to subtlely convey changing
emotion in this difficult role--and on the stage not camera close-ups.The audience
could find it so easy to like this guy that we could also follow the character
into his other states.
So...you can tell I liked it. And it's a toughie. (and I had the background experience
of seeing Albert Finney do it in NYC)
BRAVO,BRAVA!" -- Dorene
"Well the first night is over and onwards to the next....a beautifully written
black comedy about the lingering death of the pretty , but severely mentally handicapped
egg and the infectious nature of that death on the marriage of her parents..not
an easy subject or an easy play....peter nichols the author knows his subject
well as his handicapped child died when she was ten and the understanding of the
awfulness involved bites with the truth of experience..and thats the thing that
struck me as i watched this play.. the understanding is there in this bri...he
makes you laugh with his keenly placed wit...cringe with his neverending drive
for recognition...and both haunts and pummels you with his despair...its there
in his face right from the beginning and all the way through ,it is a very sensitive
piece of acting ...no camera this time ....it was live and personal..and it worked....blackness
was what this play needed as well as laughs a plenty and thats what is there now
to be built on...night one show one was a success and it will just grow as it
goes.... you know what ...he can act our fella...and im not saying that because
im an izzardite although i am obviously .but because i love plays and theatre
and the written word coming to life from the page..the death of joe egg is alive
and doing very well and things can only get better...i was proud of you..thank
you very much....." --