After stunning audiences in London and sweeping the Olivier Awards for Best Play and Best Director, Matthew Lopez’s sprawling and magnificent The Inheritance is set to open on Broadway this year. Described as “perhaps the most important American play of the century so far” (Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph), the two-part story runs at the Barrymore Theatre.
Inspired by E.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End, Lopez’s play transposes the tale onto modern day New York, where a group of young gay men meet to tell their stories. An epic in every sense of the word, The Inheritance journeys through decades of LGBT history, from Stonewall to the AIDs epidemic, with wicked humour and intense emotion. As three generations of men struggle and triumph in the search for acceptance and family, Lopez challenges us to ask: what do we owe those who came before us?
Matthew Lopez is an American playwright best known for 2006’s The Whipping Man, which saw him win an Obie and a Lucille Lortel Award. The Inheritance is directed by Stephen Daldry (An Inspector Calls, Billy Elliott: The Musical), with scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley (The History Boys, Once).
Original West End cast members Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine and Kyle Soller reprise their roles in the transfer; Soller won Best Actor at the 2019 Olivier Awards for his performance. New cast members include Jordan Barbour, Dylan Frederick and Tony Award nominee Lois Smith.
With universally rave reviews during its runs at the Young Vic and Noël Coward theaters, The Inheritance is an emotional, piercing work that strikes deep into the heart of identity and belonging. Catch both parts in one day, or spread it out over two, when it begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on September 27 2019.
Important informationPlaying at: Barrymore Theatre, 243 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Performance dates: 01 Jun 2020 - 06 Jun 2020
Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes (including 2 intermissions)
Age recommendation: Recommended 14+
Special notice: The Inheritance has drawn comparisons to Angels in America thanks to its two-part structure and subject matter, and like Tony Kushner’s beloved and crucial magnum opus, this is destined to become one of the greats. Snap up tickets quickly to make sure you’re present at the making of a future classic.