Rebecca Hall Will Make Broadway Debut in Sophie Treadwell's Machinal for Roundabout

By Michael Gioia
May 28, 2013

Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, producers announced May 28. Previews will begin Dec. 20 at the American Airlines Theatre.



Lyndsey Turner will direct the limited engagement, which is set to open Jan. 16, 2014.

Hall's credits on the London stage include Mrs. Warren's Profession, which earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003, As You Like It (Ian Charleson-nominated), Man and Superman, The Fight for Barbara, Galileo's Daughter, Don Juan, A Winter's Tale (Ian Charleson Award), The Cherry Orchard (Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination) and Twelfth Night directed by her father, Sir Peter Hall. Hall can currently be seen on screen in "Iron Man 3." She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Her film credits also include "Lay the Favorite," "The Awakening," "The Town," "Everything Must Go," "Please Give," "Dorian Gray," "Frost/Nixon," "The Prestige" and "Starter for 10," which marked her feature-film debut.

The full cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

Here's how the play is billed: "Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. It's America's Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity – or is it? For the Young Woman (Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. A groundbreaking work in the landscape of American theatre, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived."

Machinal premiered on Broadway in 1928 featuring a young Clark Gable in his Broadway debut and then in London in 1931 under the title of The Life Machine. The play was revived in 1993 in London featuring Fiona Shaw, Ciarán Hinds and John Woodvine and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival.

Director Turner's theatre credits include Chimerica (Almeida); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar); Posh (Royal Court/West End); The Victorian in the Wall; Our Private Life; A Miracle; Contractions (Royal Court); The Way of the World; Alice (Sheffield Crucible); One Pig (Linbury Studio; Royal Opera House); Edgar and Annabel; There is A War (National Theatre); Joseph K; Nocturnal (Gate Theatre); My Romantic History (Traverse/Bush Theatre/Sheffield Theatres); and The Lesson (Arcola). Turner is associate director at Sheffield Theatres.

Roundabout's 2013-14 season will include Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, directed by Lindsay Posner; Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold; Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends, directed by Pam MacKinnon; Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, directed by Daniel Aukin; and Bekah Brunstetter's newly commissioned play, Cutie and Bear, directed by Evan Cabnet. Read more about the season here.

Tickets for Machinal are currently only available as part of a subscription. Tickets will be available to the general public in fall 2013. The American Airlines Theatre is located at 227 West 42nd Street. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.