The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog

August 5 to 28, 2022

Winner of 2023 BroadwayWorld Awards:

Best Play
Best Director for Laurel Smith
Best Performer for Alison Smyth

Director: Laurel Smith

Choreographer and Fight Director: Jessica Vandenberg

Set and Lighting Designer: Holly Meyer-Dymny

Costume Designer: Laurel Smith

Production Manager: Katherine Kellner

Stage Manager: Jennifer Stobart


Scott Clarkson as Michael

Alison Smyth as Agnes

The classic comedic chronicle of a marriage

A Tony Award winner for Best Play, Jan de Hartog’s The Fourposter is an enduring, comedic chronicle of a marriage set in an era of world-shaking technological and social changes. This beloved Broadway classic – which follows a couple through 35 years of marriage, from a nervous wedding night through to childbirth and parenting, mid-life crisis, empty nesting and the realities of aging – is, in the words of Artistic Producer Laurel Smith, “both a tender and at times incredibly funny exploration of an institution that most of us participate in and complain about a lot, but which ultimately represents the foundation for so many adult lives.”

The smash-hit original Broadway production, starring real-life couple Jessica Tandy and husband (and Canadian) Hume Cronyn, was described by a New York Times reviewer as “the most civilized comedy we have had on marriage for years.”  A musical version of the play, I Do, I Do, played on Broadway in the 1960s.

Pre-Show Talks

Pre-show Talks by Matthew Behrens, Associate Producer, explain the history, story, background, and social/cultural context of the play and playwright and are included with the price of your ticket.

Pre-show Talks are presented at 1:00pm before each matinee, and at 7:00pm before each evening performance.

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