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Roundabout Theatre Announces Rebecca Hall to Star in MACHINAL on Broadway



Rebecca Hall

To star in


By Sophie Treadwell

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Previews begin Friday, December 20, 2013 and opening night is Thursday, January 16, 2014
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall will make her Broadway debut as “Young Woman” in a new Broadway production of Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell,directed by Lyndsey Turner.

Machinal will begin previews on Friday, December 20, 2013 and open Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).  This will be a limited engagement.

The full cast and creative team will be announced soon.

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 Gablein 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.


Subscribers get first access to tickets to all Roundabout productions. Tickets for Machinal are currently only available as part of a subscription. Tickets will be available to the general public in Fall 2013. To be the first to know when tickets are available, you can sign up for Roundabout’s email club at


Machinal will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM


REBECCA HALL (Young Woman) makes her Broadway debut in Machinalafter a notable career on the London stage and performances throughout the world.  She has performed in productions such as 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.  Ms. Hall has also established an award-winning film and television career.  On screen, Hall can currently be seen in the blockbuster hit, Iron Man 3.  She received critical acclaim for her starring role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, receiving Golden Globe, BAFTA Orange Rising Star, London Critics Circle and Gotham Award nominations.  She can also be seen in 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.  Most recently on television, Hall starred in Susanna White’s “Parade’s End,” for which she received a BAFTA Television Nomination for Leading Actress as well as a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series.  Additional television credits include Julian Jarrold's "Red Riding: 1974," for which she received a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress, "Einstein and Eddington," "Joe's Palace," "Wide Sargasso Sea," "Don't Leave Me This Way," and "The Camomile Lawn."  Her upcoming film projects include John Crowley’s Closed Circuit, Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, and Patrice Leconte’s A Promise.

SOPHIE TREADWELL (Playwright). A playwright, journalist, women’s rights advocate, and novelist, Sophie Treadwell maintained a professional career that spanned close to sixty years, from the 1910s to 1970.  She is considered today as one of America’s most prominent women playwrights of the first half of the twentieth century.  Treadwell’s foray into the theatre began as an actress in vaudeville and included early mentoring by the famed Polish actress Helena Modjeska.  Author of forty plays, Treadwell was one of only a few women dramatists of her era who also directed and produced many of her own works.  Her best-known play, the 1928 expressionist drama Machinal, was produced with a young Clark Gable in the cast.  Based loosely on a sensational murder trial in New York, Machinal has received numerous productions worldwide. She began her career as a journalist while attending the University of California at Berkeley.  During World War I, the State Department recognized Treadwell as one of America’s first accredited female foreign war correspondents.  In the 1920s, she became the only American journalist granted an interview with Pancho Villa at his remote ranch following the Mexican Revolution.  She was married to a fellow journalist, the renowned sportswriter William O. McGeehan.  Throughout her career, Treadwell divided her time between her family ranch in Stockton, California, New York, Connecticut, Europe and Mexico.  She retired to the desert community of Tucson, Arizona, where her bequest of private papers, manuscripts, photographs, and correspondence is housed in the University of Arizona Library Special Collections.  The Diocese of Tucson is custodian of the royalties which are used for the benefit of Native American children as directed by Sophie Treadwell in her Will.

LYNDSEY TURNER (Director).  Theatre includesChimerica (Almeida); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar); Posh (Royal Court / West End); The Victorian in the WallOur Private LifeA MiracleContractions (Royal Court); The Way of the WorldAlice (Sheffield Crucible); One Pig (Linbury Studio; Royal Opera House); Edgar and AnnabelThere is A War (National Theatre); Joseph KNocturnal (Gate Theatre); My Romantic History (Traverse / Bush Theatre / Sheffield Theatres); The Lesson (Arcola). Lyndsey is Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features The Big Knife by Clifford Odets, with Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes; The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin by Steven Levenson, directed by Scott Ellis.

The 2013-2014 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.

The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony® Award winning Anything Goescontinues in cities throughout the United States in 2013.

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