Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce in La Bete
(© Joan Marcus)
Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce in La Bete
(© Joan Marcus)
The Broadway revival of David Hirson's La Bête will close five weeks earlier than originally planned, playing its final performance at the Music Box Theatre on January 9. As of that date, it will have played a total of 23 preview performances and 101 regular performances. Matthew Warchus has directed the production.

The play focuses on a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When a fickle princess decides she's grown weary of the royal theater troupe, a battle ensues between the two men.

The production stars David Hyde Pierce (Elomire), Joanna Lumley (The Princess), Mark Rylance (Valere), 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), along with Deanne Lorette and Steve Routman.

Production design is by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, music by Claire van Kampen, and sound design by Simon Baker.

For TheaterMania's review of La Bête, click here.

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