Glengarry Glen Ross

Productions

The world premiere of Glengarry Glen Ross was at the Cottesloe Theatre of the Royal National Theatre in London on 21 September 1983, directed by Bill Bryden.

Original 1983 London cast
  • Derek Newark – Shelley Levene
  • Karl Johnson – John Williamson
  • Trevor Ray – Dave Moss
  • James Grant – George Aaronow
  • Jack Shepherd – Richard Roma
  • Tony Haygarth – James Lingk
  • John Tams – Baylen

Glengarry Glen Ross had its U.S. premiere on February 6, 1984, at the Goodman Theatre of the Arts Institute of Chicago before moving to Broadway on March 25, 1984 at the John Golden Theatre and running for 378 shows.

Subsequent 1984 Chicago cast
  • Robert Prosky – Shelley Levene
  • J.T. Walsh – John Williamson
  • James Tolkan – Dave Moss
  • Mike Nussbaum – George Aaronow
  • Joe Mantegna – Richard Roma
  • William L. Peterson – James Lingk
  • Jack Wallace – Baylen
Subsequent 1984 Broadway cast
  • Robert Prosky – Shelley Levene
  • J.T. Walsh – John Williamson
  • James Tolkan – Dave Moss
  • Mike Nussbaum – George Aaronow
  • Joe Mantegna – Richard Roma
  • Lane Smith – James Lingk
  • Jack Wallace – Baylen

On May 1, 2005, a Broadway revival directed by Joe Mantello opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The revival starred Liev Schreiber as Roma, Alan Alda as Levene, Frederick Weller as Williamson, Gordon Clapp as Moss, Jeffrey Tambor as Aaronow, Tom Wopat as Lingk and Jordan Lage as Baylen. The revival received numerous Tony Award nominations, including Best Featured Actor nominations for Schreiber, Clapp and Alda, with Schreiber taking home the prize. The production also won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.[6]

On September 27, 2007, the play was revived at the Apollo Theatre, London, starring Jonathan Pryce (who played client James Lingk in the 1992 film adaptation) as Shelley, alongside Aidan Gillen (Roma), Paul Freeman (George), Matthew Marsh (Dave) and Peter McDonald (Williamson). The production was directed by James Macdonald.

Glengarry Glen Ross has also been produced as a radio play for BBC Radio 3, featuring Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Bruce Davison, and Alfred Molina as Roma, first airing March 20, 2005.

A second Broadway revival, directed by Daniel Sullivan opened on December 8, 2012 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The production starred Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, David Harbour, John C. McGinley, Jeremy Shamos, Richard Schiff and Murphy Guyer.

The character played in the film version by Alec Baldwin was written specifically for the movie and does not appear in the play. This has led to some confusion among theatregoers in recent years, who mistakenly—if understandably—believe that scene has been cut out.


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