Rachel Weisz Set to Star in PlentyFebruary 25, 2016 - by Griffin Miller
Oscar and Olivier winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) has signed on for the Off-Broadway revival of playwright David Hare’s award-winning drama, Plenty, slated for this fall at The Public Theater. Weisz will portray Susan Traherne, a WWII British secret agent, whose post-war life—devoid of the mystique and relationships that fired her passion—leaves her at an emotional impasse.
The original production, which debuted at The Public in 1982 and transferred to Broadway the following year, starred Kate Nelligan as Traherne, Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer (currently finishing up his return engagement as Charles Frohman/Captain Hook in Broadway’s Finding Neverland) as Codename Lazar, and Tony and Emmy winner Edward Herrmann as Raymond Brock. In a 1985 film adaptation, Meryl Streep played Traherne.
About the upcoming production—to be directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (above)—the Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis had this to say: “Plenty is one of the great plays of the post-war era, and certainly its critical production was one of the high points of The Public Theater’s existence. Now, over 30 years later, Plenty is a story of optimism and disillusionment that carries an entirely new power. We are thrilled to be welcoming David Hare back to the theater that was his first American home.”
Weisz was last seen on the New York stage co-starring with her husband, Daniel Craig, in the sell-out Broadway run of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (2013-2014).