A Day By the Sea
By N.C. Hunter
Directed By Austin Pendleton
July 22nd through September 24th
- Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
- Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm
- Wednesday 8/24 & 9/21 2:30pm
Opening Night 8/25 at 7pm
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave)
Tickets will go on sale this spring.
A DAY BY THE SEA, set in a seaside town in Dorset after the Second World War, is a moving and often funny depiction of shattered ambitions and personal isolation. Julian Anson, a civil servant approaching middle age, is demoted after learning that his appetite for hard work has only antagonized his superiors.
A DAY BY THE SEA opened on the West End in 1953 and ran for 386 performances in a production that starred Dame Sybil Thorndike, Irene Worth, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. In New York, the play opened in 1955 with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn headlining the cast; Hunter’s only Broadway production.
In reviewing A DAY BY THE SEA, Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times called Hunter “a writer with a lot of charm, skill and taste” and went on to call the play, “a subtle, civilized comedy… humorous, touching, gentle, wistful, and wise.” Atkinson continued to praise the playwright, comparing him to the masterful Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov:
“To call a playwright ‘Chekhovian’ today is to utter opprobrium and to consign him to the doghouse. For ‘Chekhovian’ has become a synonym for preciousness and languor. But the word is not applied to [N.C. Hunter] maliciously…For he is a reflective writer in his own right. The dawdling pace, the improvised narrative, the characterizations of people who associate but never blend, the random remarks—are methods of style that become him.”
- Directing Austin Pendleton
- Sets Charles Morgan
- Costumes Martha Hally
- Lights Nicole Pearce
- Original Music & Sound Jane Shaw
- Props Joshua Yocom
- Casting Judy Bowman
- Dialects & Dramaturgy Amy Stoller
- Additional Dramaturgy Maya Cantu
- Production Stage Manager Melanie J. Lisby
- Illustration Stefano Imbert
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
- Advertising The Pekoe Group
- Press David Gersten & Associates
CHARLES DUFF, AUTHOR OF THE LOST SUMMER: THE HEYDAY OF THE WEST END THEATRE
Saturday, August 13, after the matinee
Charles Duff is a British teacher, actor, theatre director, writer and critic. His first professional role was in N.C. Hunter’s The Adventures of Tom Random at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 1967. His book, The Lost Summer: The Heyday of the West End Theatre, focuses on the playwrights, plays, and actors of mid-century British theatre, and includes a chapter on N.C. Hunter.
A DAY WITH CHARLES DUFF
Sunday, August 14, before and after the matinee
12:30pm – Brunch and discussion at West Bank Café: Join Charles Duff for a delicious pre-matinee brunch at West Bank Café, where he will provide an introduction to A Day by the Sea and share his own personal memories of working with N.C Hunter on the author’s The Adventures of Tom Random.
2:30pm – Matinee performance of A Day by the Sea at Theatre Row.
5:00pm – Continue the conversation at the Theatre Row Lounge: Join Charles Duff, Jonathan Bank, and select members of the company for a post-show wine and cheese reception in the Theatre Row Lounge.
Reservation includes brunch, one matinee ticket, and post-show reception.
Call 212.315.0231 to reserve your place.