Kate Burton
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Kate Burton
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Lincoln Center Theater's world premiere of A. R. Gurney's The Grand Manner has shifted its first preview and opening date, and will now begin performances on Wednesday, June 2, with the official opening scheduled for Sunday, June 27. Mark Lamos will direct the production, to play the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

In 1948, Gurney, then a young boarding school student, traveled to New York where he attended a performance of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, going backstage afterwards to meet the production's star, the great stage actress Katharine Cornell (played by Burton). A mix of remembrance and imagination, the play is a love letter to this fabled actress and a heartfelt look back at the glorious heyday of Broadway.

As previously reported, the play will star Kate Burton, Boyd Gaines, Bobby Steggert, and Brenda Wehle.

Gurney's many plays include Sylvia, The Dining Room, and The Cocktail Hour, and his plays Far East, Ancestral Voices and Big Bill were all produced by Lincoln Center Theater.

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