By Bill Rosenfield
August 19, 2014

This fall, Hollywood celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Bradley Cooper take their talents to the theater.


Following acclaimed performances in Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Pinter’s Betrayal, Kristin Scott Thomas returns to the Old Vic in Sophocles’ Electra. Ian Rickson directs the Greek tragedy from a new adaptation by Frank McGuinness. Oct. 1–Dec. 20

King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s outrageous chronicle of life after the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, stars Tim Pigott-Smith in the career-defining role of a ruler-in-waiting who finally ascends the throne. The earlier, sold-out production will play at Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited run. Sept. 11–Nov. 29

New York City

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, about an autistic teenager’s search for truth, is as inventive in its storytelling as it is dazzling in its multimedia execution, as staged by Marianne Elliot (War Horse). Opens Oct. 5; Barrymore Theatre

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor make their Broadway debuts in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, a tour-de-force drama about the complexity of marriage and the igniting force of passion. Opens Oct. 30; American Airlines Theatre

Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Martha Plimpton are members of a privileged but dysfunctional family in A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee’s unsettling comedy. Opens Nov. 20; John Golden Theatre

Bradley Cooper plays the title role in The Elephant Man, based on the true story of Joseph Merrick’s path from freak-show act to darling of Victorian society. Opens Dec. 7; Booth Theatre