Faye Dunaway To Play Kate Hepburn In 'Tea At Five' On Broadway

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After an absence of more than 35 years Oscar-winner Faye Dunaway will return to Broadway to play another Academy Award-winner, Katharine Hepburn, in the Broadway premiere of “Tea at Five”. . Playwright Matthew Lombardo has crafted a new version of his acclaimed play for this production, which will be directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger.

Tea at Five will play a strictly limited engagement in the summer of 2019. Additional information, including the complete creative team, dates, and theater will be announced early next year. The show will be produced by Ben Feldman.

Lombardo, who grew up in Wethersfield,” also had two other female-centric plays on Broadway: “Looped” which starred Valerie Harper, (who earned a Tony Award nomination) playing Tallulah Bankhead and “High” which starred Kathleen Turner. Both were directed by Rob Ruggiero, producing artistic director of TheaterWorks. Lombardo also had an off-Broadway run with his comedy,” Who’s Holiday.”

Tea at Five” had its world premiere at Hartford Stage in 2002 starring Kate Mulgrew as Hepburn when the legendary actress was a low point of her career in the late ‘30s and in the second half as an older actress in the 1980s. The show also played off-Broadway with Mulgrew and other venues around the country. A tour starred Tovah Feldshuh, Other actors to appear in various productions of the solo show include Stephanie Zimbalist and Charles Busch.

Dunaway, 77, won an Oscar for “Network” whose stage version opens on Broadway next week.

Dunaway’s last appeared on Broadway in 1982's The Curse of an Aching Heart.

Movie roles include “Bonnie and Clyde.” “Chinatown,” “The Eyes of Laura Mars” “The Happening,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Little Big Man,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Towering Inferno,” “The Arrangement,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “Barfly” and “Mommie, Dearest.”

On stage she played Maria Callas in the national tour of Master Class and her pother Broadway and off-Broadwat turns were in “The Changeling””A Streetcar Named Desire,:”
”Master Class,” “Hogan’s Goat” and “After the Fall.”