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Elizabeth McGovern clearly has a soft spot for early 20th-century Yorkshire between the wars.
Two years after wrapping her long-running, Emmy-nominated role in Downton Abbey as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the actress will return to Broadway and to a Northern English period setting in the J.B. Priestley drama Time and the Conways.
The 1937 play considers the history of Britain through the prism of a moneyed Yorkshire family and their changing fortunes, beginning in 1919 with the promise of prosperity at the end of the Great War. It then jumps forward almost two decades to take in their shattered lives before returning to the original time frame to trace the seeds of the Conways‘ downfall.
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, the revival will mark the first appearance of the time-traveling Priestley play on Broadway since its brief 1938 premiere run, when it starred Dame Sybil Thorndike and featured a young Jessica Tandy. It will be directed by Rebecca Taichman, who made her Broadway debut this season, landing a Tony nomination for her staging of Paula Vogel’s Indecent.
McGovern first appeared on Broadway in Love Letters in 1989, and played Ophelia in a 1992 Roundabout production of Hamlet. She will next be seen on the big screen in the action-thriller The Commuter, starring with Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks and Sam Neill.
Previews for Time and the Conways begin Sept. 14 at the American Airlines Theatre, ahead of its Oct. 10 opening night. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Nov. 26, with additional casting and design team to be announced.
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