In 2012 audiences at the Vaudeville Theatre will be sitting down to witness the American actress Tyne Daly in a new production of “Master Class”, which makes its way from the other side of the Atlantic with its director Stephen Wadsworth in tow. The production lands at the West End venue following other shows like “Broken Glass” and “Swallows and Amazons” and due to the high quality of the play, which earned Tony Awards when it was firs staged in the 1990s, as well as its star, it is likely to attract a great deal of attention.
Tyne Daly is an American actress whose career has included a wide range of shows both on the screen and the stage. London theatre audiences will perhaps mostly recognise her from television shows like “Cagney & Lacey”, a show that saw her star alongside Sharon Gless from the West End’s “A Round-Heeled Woman” and also earned Emmy Awards for her work. For the stage her work has included numerous Broadway productions like “Gypsy: A Musical Fable”, “The Seagull” and “Rabbit Hole”. She also appeared in “Master Class” when it was staged at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011.
“Master Class” was penned by Terrence McNally and was first staged by the Philadelphia Theatre Company ahead of a Broadway opening in November 1995 and a subsequent West End version. It tells the story of Mara Callas (Daly), a glamorous and funny diva that runs a voice master class and who has mixed feelings about the students under her watch; some are impressive whilst others cause her great concern. We follow Callas into her thoughts as she thinks back to times in her life, including an affair with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and early years as an ugly duckling.
Terrence McNally, who penned “Master Class”, has also been behind various other plays and musical theatre productions over the years. Plays like “Where Ha Tommy Flowers Gone”, “Bad Habits”, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Deuce” are just some of the stories he has created over the decades, in addition to musicals likes “The Full Monty” and “Catch Me If You Can”.
“Master Class” is at the Vaudeville Theatre from Tuesday 7th February 2012 (previews from Saturday 21st January 2012) to Saturday 28th April 2012.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 21st January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th April 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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