The Constant Wife


Roundabout Theatre Company





Kate Burton
Michael Cumpsty        John Dossett
Lynn Redgrave

A Hit on Broadway

Lynn Redgrave Nominated

Best Performance by a
Leading Actress in a Play

The Tony Award

Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Play
Drama Desk Award
Outer Critics Circle Award

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by W. Somerset Maugham

Directed by Mark Brokaw

Previews began May 27, 2005

Opened June 16, 2005

Limited run through August 7, 2005
Extended through August 21, 2005

Constance Middleton (Kate Burton), John Middleton (Michael Cumpsty), Mrs. Culver (Lynn Redgrave) and Bernard Kersal (John Dossett)
Photo by Joan Marcus

Constance Middleton (Kate Burton) and Mrs. Culver (Lynn Redgrave)
Photo by Joan Marcus

In her first Broadway appearance since Shakespeare for My Father, Lynn joins Kate Burton in the cast of the Roundabout Theater Company production of W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife. Directed by Mark Brokaw, previews began May 27 at the American Airlines Theater.

Mrs. Culver (Lynn Redgrave), John Middleton (Michael Cumpsty) and Constance Middleton (Kate Burton)
Photo by Joan Marcus

Constance Middleton (Kate Burton), John Middleton (Michael Cumpsty) and Mrs. Culver (Lynn Redgrave)
Photo by Joan Marcus

Set in a 1920's London drawing room, The Constant Wife follows the marriage of a top surgeon and his wife. The comedy of manners delivers a twist after a seemingly secret affair between the husband and his wife's friend is revealed.

Kate Burton plays Constance Middleton opposite Michael Cumpsty (Democracy) as John Middleton, John Dossett (Gypsy) as Bernard Kersal and Lynn Redgrave as Mrs. Culver in a cast that also includes Enid Graham (Dinner at Eight) as Martha, Kathryn Meisle (Tartuffe) as Marie-Louis, Denis Holmes (Major Barbara) as Bentley, John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty) as Mortimer Durham and Kathleen McNenny (After The Fall) as Barbara Fawcett.


"Lynn Redgrave is an utter hoot" -- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"Lynn Redgrave sprinkles a salty drollness that ensures mother-daughter confrontations are never dull" -- Elysa Gardner, USA Today

"After a career of stage, television, and film appearances which spans more than forty years, Redgrave knows something about entrances, exits, and costuming. And she uses that experience, along with her intelligence and imagination, to superb effect here." -- Hilton Als, The New Yorker

"Deliciously witty work from Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave" -- David Rooney, Variety

"What a kick to encounter such a play" -- Linda Winer, Newsday

"Redgrave plays Mrs. Culver as a Lady Bracknell-in-waiting, offering an astonishing display of mannered virtuosity and flawless comic style" -- Clive Barnes, New York Post

"Redgrave is brilliant" -- Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News

 "Lynn Redgrave is absolutely delicious" -- Howard Kissel, Daily News

"Perfectly grand in a parade of violet, buttercup and crimson ensembles, Lynn Redgrave is perfectly droll " -- Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger

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Photos by Joan Marcus