Cast announced for The Coast of Utopia

***image2:left***New York: The cast for Lincoln Center’s upcoming production of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia trilogy has been announced.
Starring in the production will be:

Billy Crudup as Vissarion Belinsky
Ethan Hawke as Michael Bakunin
Brian F. O’Byrne as Alexander Herzen
Josh Hamilton as Nicholas Ogarev
Richard Easton
Jennifer Ehle
David Harbour
Martha Plimpton

Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia comprises three parts – Voyage (opens November 5th), Shipwreck (opens December 21st), and Salvage (opens February 15th). All of the three parts will finish their runs on March 3rd. During the last three and a half weeks of the run, audiences will be able to see all three parts in succession. On February 24th, March 3rd, and March 10th all three parts will play in marathon beginning at 11am.

The creative team includes direction by Jack O’Brien, set design by Bob Crowley, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Natasha Katz, Brian MacDevitt, and Kenneth Posner, and music and sound design by Mark Bennett. 

Beginning in mid-19th century Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas I, Tom Stoppard’s sweeping epic spans a period of thirty years as it tells the panoramic story of a group of Russian intellectuals, headed by the radical theorist and editor Alexander Herzen, the novelist Ivan Turgenev, the literary critic Vissarion Belinsky and the aristocrat-turned-anarchist Michael Bakunin, who lead a band of like-minded countrymen in a revolutionary movement in which they strive to change and fix a political system by using their minds as their only weapon.

The series was first seen in 2002 at London’s National Theatre.

For The Coast of Utopia tickets visit www.lct.org.