The play is based on the last years in the life of Onassis, including his complex connections and interwoven relationships with Kennedy, singer Maria Callas (played by Diana Quick) and his son Alexandros (Joe Marsh). The cast also includes Denise Black, Julius D’Silva, Ben Grove, John Hodgkinson, Robin Soans and June Watson.
McGovern, who has lived in London for many years, is best known for her many film credits including The House of Mirth, Wings of a Dove, The Handmaid\'s Tale, Racing with the Moon, Once upon a Time in America and Ragtime. Her UK stage credits include Hurlyburly, Three Days of Rain, Dinner With Friends and, most recently, Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, presented at Chichester in 2005.
In other play casting news:
The new American play is written by 26-year-old Tarell Alvin McCraney who received his UK debut last year with The Brothers Size at the Young Vic, where it returns this October along with the UK premiere of his In the Red and Brown Water (See News, 3 Jun 2008). The Court’s Downstairs auditorium will be transformed, by designer Ultz, into the House of Light, a “hyper-glamorous and uber-competitive” drag queen refuge where the residents are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown. Artistic director Dominic Cooke directs.
- by Terri Paddock