Fall 2013 Broadway Guide

by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013

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  • The Winslow Boy
    Courtroom dramas based on real-life stories—Inherit the Wind among them—have proven to be consistently compelling material for the stage. That is certainly true in Sir Terence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy, set in the early 1900s and focusing on a 14-year-old who is dismissed from the Royal Naval Academy for stealing a 5-shilling postal order (used as a kind of currency). The boy's family, convinced of his innocence and frightened of damage to the family's reputation, rallies to his defense and enlists a high-profile barrister to argue the case—but first the attorney has to convince the government to allow the legal challenge. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays the Winslow family matriarch, Grace, in this Roundabout Theatre production. Roger Rees costars as Arthur Winslow, who defends his son against expulsion, and Michael Cumpsty plays a Winslow family friend who helps clear the boy's name. Transferred from the West End, where the play is beloved, it hasn't been produced on Broadway since opening in 1947.

    American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. Previews start September 20; opens October 17.

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