St. James Theatre, (3/12/1975 - 5/31/1975)

First Preview: Mar 10, 1975
Opening Date: Mar 12, 1975
Closing Date: May 31, 1975
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 94

Category: Play, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Description: A comedy in five acts
Setting: Célimène's house in Paris, 1966.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Samuel H. Schwartz)

Produced by David Merrick and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Originally produced by The Royal National Theatre (Peter Hall, Director)

Written by Molière; Book adapted by Tony Harrison; Music arranged by Marc Wilkinson

Directed by John Dexter

Scenic Design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch; Lighting Design by Andy Phillips; Lighting Supervisor: Jennifer Tipton; Costume Design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch

General Manager: Helen L. Nickerson; Company Manager: Gino Giglio

Production Supervisor: Lucia Victor; Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Stage Manager: Claudia Wilkens

General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc.; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Agency; Photographer: Carl Samrock; Production Assistant: Sandra Mandel; Press Representative: Bud Westman

Opening Night Cast

Alec McCowenAlceste
in love with Célimène
Diana RiggCélimène
Alceste's beloved
Robert EddisonPhilinte
Alceste's friend
Gawn GraingerOronte
in love with Célimène
Gillian BargeArsinoe
a friend of Célimène
Nicholas ClayAcaste
Marquess
Peter NeedhamDubois
Alceste's valet
Louie RamsayEliante
Célimène's cousin
Albert RoffranoClitandre
Marquess
Daniel ThorndikeBasque
Célimène's servant
Stephen WilliamsAn Official of the Academie Française

Understudies: Alfred Karl (Alceste), Tom McLaughlin (An Official of the Academie Française, Dubois, Oronte), Carole Monferdini (Célimène), John Straub (Basque, Philinte), Josef Warik (Acaste), Patrick Watkins (Clitandre) and Claudia Wilkens (Arsinoe, Eliante)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1975 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Diana Rigg

 1975 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Tanya Moiseiwitsch

 1975 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Drama Desk Award

 1975 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Alec McCowen

 1975 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Diana Rigg

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