The revival of the play, directed by Gene Saks, will play a strictly limited engagement of 30 performances at Toronto's Elgin Theatre Jan. 27-March 9, 2011. Plummer won the 1997 Tony for Best Actor in a Play for his turn as an aging Barrymore, the talented wastrel who was part of an American acting dynasty.
Plummer has two Tony awards under his belt: one for his performance in BARRYMORE and the other for his lead role in CYRANO. He first played the late actor in 1996 at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario. Written by William Luce, the play is set in the final year of Barrymore's life.
BARRYMORE is an unforgettable portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore, a man of colossal talent and contradictions and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time. Set in 1942, the final year of John Barrymore's life, BARRYMORE takes place on the stage of a Broadway theatre, where the actor is struggling to recreate his performance in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III.
Christopher Plummer's Tony Award-winning tour de force is now a new motion picture.
Directed and adapted for the screen by Genie Award® winner Erik Canuel, with scintillating wit, humor, irreverence and poignancy, BARRYMORE, based on the play by William Luce shows us the many facets of this complicated man.
BARRYMORE plus special bonus feature BACKSTAGE WITH BARRYMORE (a making of documentary) can be seen on movie screens beginning in Canada (May) and other countries from October.