Antony Sher will reprise his lead performance as Phillip Gellburg, a Jewish man in New York City in 1938, whose wife Sylvia is so affected by Kristallnacht (night of the broken glass) in Nazi Germany that she becomes temporarily paralysed and seeks treatment from a psychiatrist.
The part of Sylvia, previously played by Lucy Cohu, will now be taken by Tara Fitzgerald. Further casting – including the part of the doctor, for which Nigel Lindsay (now in the West End in Shrek) won this year’s Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Supporting Actor – has yet to be announced.
Broken Glass premiered at the National Theatre in 1994, before transferring to the West End and winning the Olivier for Best Play. Miller’s many other plays include classics Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons and The Crucible.
Currently at the Vaudeville Theatre, renowned American troupe The Flying Karamazov Brothers are due to run from 20 June to 10 September 2011 (previews from 9 June).