Full cast announced for La Bete at Comedy Theatre

Full casting has been announced for La Bete, by David Hirson, which opens at the Comedy Theatre 7 July 2010, following previews from 26 June - running to 4 Sep 2010. (The production will then immediately transfer to Broadway.)

Joining previously mentioned Mark Rylance (Valere), David Hyde Pierce (Elomire), Joanna Lumley (Princess Conti), are Stephen Ouimette (Bejart), Lisa Joyce (Marquise-Therese Du Parc),Greta Lee (Dorine), Robert Lonsdale (Rene Du Parc), Michael Milligan (De Brie), Liza Sadovy (Catherine De Brie) and Sally Wingert (Madeleine Bejart).

It is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker, and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions & Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Robert Bartner and Roy Furman.

Concerns Elomire, a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theatre, and Valere, a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When the fickle princess decides she’s grown weary of Elomire’s royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages.

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