Doug Wright’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit I Am My Own Wife has posted early closing notices at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre. The one-man play, directed by Moises Kaufman, received its UK premiere at the theatre on 10 November 2005 and had been booking until 4 February 2006, as part of an international tour. It will now finish on 10 December 2005.

Tony winner and Award nominee (for Best Solo Performance) Jefferson Mays (pictured) reprises his New York performance as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the resilient German transvestite who survived the Nazis and communism, as well as more than 30 other characters including one based on the author. Wright’s play, first seen in spring 2003 at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons before transferring for a ten-month season on Broadway, became the first solo piece to win the Tony for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

A spokesman for the London season said: "I Am My Own Wife is a production we are all immensely proud of. To mount this play in New York was something of a brave move on the part of (producer) David Richenthal, and one that rewarded everyone there handsomely, both critically and commercially. To mount this play in London was a considerable gamble, but whatever the eventual length of the run, I think London is very lucky after Death of a Salesman to have received another first-class production from this classy American producer. It's only a shame that, in the current climate, despite our excellent word of mouth, that not more people will have a chance to see Jefferson Mays' extraordinary performance."

The next production scheduled for the Duke of York’s is Embers, which will see Jeremy Irons return to the London stage for the first time in 17 years (See News, 7 Oct 2005). The new play - adapted by Christopher Hampton from Sandor Marai’s best-selling novel of the same name and directed by Michael Blakemore – will open on 1 March 2006 (previews from 15 February). No interim productions have been announced.

- by Caroline Ansdell