Show TitleM Butterfly
Show TypePlay Revival
TheatreCort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street
StoryCLIVE OWEN stars in the first Broadway revival of this ravishing Tony®-winning play inspired by a scandal that captivated the world.

It’s a story of love, espionage and betrayal.

Don’t miss this intoxicating and visually stunning production of M. BUTTERFLY as it comes to seduce Broadway audiences once again!

David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, M. BUTTERFLY charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer -- a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west -- while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

The original production of M. BUTTERFLY, directed by John Dexter, ran on Broadway from March 20, 1988 through January 27, 1990 for a total of 777 performances, and won the Tony Award for Best Play. The play had its world premiere at Washington DC’s National Theatre in February 1988. After its Broadway engagement, M. BUTTERFLY had a hugely successful North American tour.

For the Tony Award®-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

“M. BUTTERFLY is like a Chinese puzzle, with layer upon layer of meaning; the more deeply you explore it, the more its essence is revealed,” said director Julie Taymor. “The fact that David was excited to revisit his characters and further develop their stories proves what a brave and inquisitive writer he is. Collaborating with him on the text of this fascinating story has been a joy, and this version is proving to be a true metamorphosis. And to have this complex character brought to life by Clive Owen, an actor I’ve wanted to work with for many years, is an extraordinary opportunity. We’re very excited to get into the rehearsal room and share this production with audiences.”

“Almost thirty years have passed since I read the newspaper article that inspired me to write M. BUTTERFLY,” said playwright David Henry Hwang. “Julie’s suggestion to look at the wealth of new information about the real affair between Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu that has surfaced since the show’s premiere helped to unlock new possibilities within the play. I’m thrilled with this opportunity to revisit these characters -- their motivations and their personal and political deceptions – to more fully explore this extraordinary love affair.”

Julie Taymor's highly visual concept will illuminate Hwang's play in ways derived from western and eastern theatre, dance, music and martial arts.
Running Time2 Hours

Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm
Thursday at 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Group Price Range$39.00 - $199.00

The play contains some brief nudity.

Recommended Audience Age - 13 plus.
Group Minimum10 or more in group

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