Laura Linney to Return to Broadway in 'My Name Is Lucy Barton'

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Laura Linney in 'My Name Is Lucy Barton'

The one-woman drama adapted from Elizabeth Strout's novel and directed by Richard Eyre comes to New York following its acclaimed premiere at London's Bridge Theatre.

Laura Linney will return to Broadway early next year in the haunting solo play that earned her rapturous reviews in London, My Name Is Lucy Barton.

Adapted for the stage by Rona Munro from the novella by Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge author Elizabeth Strout, the play is directed by Richard Eyre, a 1994 Tony Award winner for Carousel who worked previously with Linney on the 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, in which she starred opposite Liam Neeson.

My Name Is Lucy Barton tells the story of a woman who wakes after surgery to find her semi-estranged mother at the foot of her hospital bed, spending the long days of her recovery trying to piece together the jagged fragments of her past while finding her voice as a writer.

The play premiered last summer at London's Bridge Theatre. Reviewing the production for The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Felperin called it "a richly moving meditation on loneliness and broken families," describing Linney's performance as a "bright jewel."

"Throughout, her delivery is so rich and nuanced that only a few words, or an arched eyebrow, are enough to speak volumes far thicker than the slim but meaningful volume on which the play is based, drawing tears by the end," wrote Felperin.

The Manhattan Theatre Club transfer production will begin previews Jan. 6 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, ahead of a Jan. 15 official opening.

The play is being presented with The London Theatre Company in association with Penguin Random House Audio. The creative team includes scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by John Leonard and projections by Luke Halls.

Linney was last on Broadway starring opposite Cynthia Nixon in the 2017 Manhattan Theatre Club revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. She received a Tony nomination for that role, as well as for two earlier MTC productions, Time Stands Still in 2010 and Sight Unseen in 2005, and for The Crucible in 2002. Linney made her Broadway debut in the 1990 production of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation.

Also on MTC's Broadway slate at the Friedman for the 2019-20 season is the previously announced American premiere of French playwright Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jonathan Kent in a London-transfer production starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins.

One additional Broadway production for the company is to be announced.