The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of J.B. Priestley’s play Time and the Conways is set to open at the American Airlines Theatre on October 10, 2017, with previews to commence on September 14. Producers have announced the official cast that that will be directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent).
Leading the ensemble show will be Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern as “Mrs. Conway” with Steven Boyer as “Ernest,” Anna Camp as “Hazel,” Gabriel Ebert as “Alan,” Charlotte Parry as “Kay,” and Matthew James Thomas as “Robin,” Anna Baryshnikov as “Carol,” Brooke Bloom as “Madge,” Alfredo Narciso as “Gerald,” and Cara Rickettsas “Joan.”
In addition to work playing Lady Grantham on the popular television drama Downton Abbey (for which she was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards), Elizabeth McGovern received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Evelyn Nesbit in the 1981 film Ragtime. Other films include Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in America, Johnny Handsome, and The Wings of the Dove. Other Broadway credits include the 1990 revival of Love Letters and the 1992 production of Hamlet, playing Ophelia.
The 1937 play by Priestley (An Inspector Calls) is described as follows: “In 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway (Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern) is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish twenty-first birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump nineteen years into the future, though, and the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably. This time-traveling play by J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls) takes place at the crossroads of today and tomorrow—challenging our notions of choice, chance and destiny.”
The creative team includes Set Design by Neil Patel, Costume Design by Paloma Young, Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind, and Matt Hubbs will provide the Sound Design.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.