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Two-Time Olivier Award Winner Ruth Wilson to Star Opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Constellations' on Broadway

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Oct 02, 2014 04:26 PM EDT

Ruth Wilson of Anna Karenina, the Jane Eyre miniseries, the BBC's Luther, and The Affair (the last debuting October 12 on Showtime), who is also a highly esteemed stage actor in the UK, will make her Broadway debut opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Nick Payne's Constellations. The West End hit begins previews for its 13-week run at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theater December 16, with an official opening January 13, 2015.

Wilson won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Streetcar Named Desire, and two years later the Best Actress Olivier for Anna Christie (opposite Jude Law), both at the Donmar Warehouse. The latter was only her fourth professional stage role.

"The critics are breathless," wrote The Guardian at the time, describing Wilson as "A courageous, edgy and compelling talent."

Constellations, making its American debut, chronicles the relationship between a beekeeper (Gyllenhaal, also making his Broadway debut) and a physicist (Wilson). It's described as "an emotional and thoughtful look at one romance as it might exist across multiple parallel universes, and the impact that chance, as well as seemingly trivial things like body language and tone of voice, can have on shaping our entire future." The New Yorker described the London production as "at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant."

Seems a perfect fit for a "Jane Eyre."

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