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September 29 - October 22, 2017

  • By Lawrence Wright

  • Directed by Bob Balaban

  • World Premiere

  • Hubbard Theatre

  • Suitable for mature audiences.


Set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra, Cleo is the story of the scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their relationship brought condemnation from the Vatican and the US Congress, and it opened the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity, ensuring that the names Burton and Taylor would always be associated with the greatest sex scandal in ancient history. Acclaimed director and actor Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gosford Park and multiple films with Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show) directs this new play by the Texas-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.

Join us for programs that connect you with other theatre lovers, our artists, and what is on stage in a whole new way:
September 6: Alley in Context: The Playwrights’ Perspective
September 16: Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood at MFAH
​October 1: $10 Tix
October 1: Captioned Performance
October 1: Audio Described Performance
October 1: Designer Talk
October 3: Alley in Context
October 5: InterACT, for groups of 10 or more
October 10: Artist TalkBack
October 12: ActOUT
October 17: Artist TalkBack
October 21: Alley In Context


Associate Producers

Associate Producers

Associate Producers

Supporting Sponsor

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Creative Team

Lawrence Wright


Bob Balaban