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April 6 - April 29, 2018

  • By Lawrence Wright

  • Directed by Bob Balaban

  • World Premiere

  • Hubbard Theatre

  • Suitable for mature audiences.

  • #AlleyCleo


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:
April 17: Artist TalkBack
April 19: ActOUT
April 28: Alley In Context with playwright Lawrence Wright
April 29: Alley In Context with playwright Lawrence Wright

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Creative Team

Lawrence Wright


Bob Balaban


Richard Hoover

Scenic Design

Alejo Vietti

Costume Design

David Weiner

Lighting Design

Brandon Weinbrenner

Assistant Director

The Cast


Lisa Birnbaum

as Elizabeth Taylor


Mark Capri

as Rex Harrison


Brian Dykstra

as Joe Mankiewicz


Adam Gibbs

as Eddie Fisher


Richard Short

as Richard Burton