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Carey Mulligan to star in off-Broadway adaptation of Ingmar Bergman movie

January 13, 2011 | 12:53 pm

Mulligan Maybe it was the generally underwhelming reception of her last two movies — "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and "Never Let Me Go" — that has actress/hot-young-thing Carey Mulligan pining for more theater work.

The 25-year-old Brit is set to return to the New York stage in an off-Broadway production of "Through a Glass Darkly," based on the 1961 Ingmar Bergman movie of the same name. The drama will be produced by the Atlantic Theater Company but will run at the New York Theatre Workshop in the East Village because the Atlantic's mainstage is undergoing renovations.

"Through a Glass Darkly" is scheduled to open June 6 at NYTW and will run through July 3. (Preview performances will start May 13.) David Leveaux will direct the production.

Bergman's movie, which starred Harriet Andersson and Max von Sydow, tells the story of a young woman's return home after a stay in a mental hospital. The movie won the Oscar for foreign language film in 1962.

Playwright Jenny Worton has adapted the movie for the stage. Her stage version debuted at the Almeida Theatre in London on June 16, with actress Ruth Wilson. The play originally was to be penned by Andrew Upton, the co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, but he apparently left the project before its world premiere.

In a review of the London production, a critic for The Guardian wrote: "Films rarely make good plays. But there is something about the claustrophobia of Ingmar Bergman's work, as we know from 'Scenes From A Marriage,' that lends itself to adaptation. And Jenny Worton's version of Bergman's Oscar-winning 1961 movie proves to have a strange, haunting theatrical power."

Mulligan previously appeared on a New York stage in 2008, when she played Nina in the Broadway production of Chekhov's "The Seagull," starring Kristin Scott Thomas. She received an Oscar nomination last year for her breakout role in "An Education."

Despite her recent cinematic flops, Mulligan still appears to be red-hot Hollywood property. She recently landed the lead role in Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," which does not have a release date.

The Atlantic also said that Ethan Coen’s "Four Pickups," previously announced for this spring, has been postponed to an upcoming season.


Broadway's 'The Seagull' soars with Kristen Scott Thomas

Carey Mulligan gets 'An Education'

— David Ng

Photo: Carey Mulligan at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this month. Credit: Frazer Hamilton / Getty Images.