Faye Dunaway Fired From 'Tea At Five' After Pre-Broadway Run In Boston

Faye Dunaway as Katharine Hepburn in "Tea at Five." (Courtesy Nile Scott Studios)
Faye Dunaway as Katharine Hepburn in "Tea at Five." (Courtesy Nile Scott Studios)

Faye Dunaway has been fired from the one-woman play "Tea at Five." The Oscar-winning actor reportedly created a hostile and unsafe work environment while it was in production at the Huntington Avenue Theatre in Boston earlier this month.

The show's producers Scott Beck and Ben Feldman issued a statement announcing that they have "terminated their relationship with Faye Dunaway." The statement continued: "Plans are in development for the play to have its West End debut early next year with a new actress to play the role of Katharine Hepburn."

Dunaway, 78, was starring as Katharine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's revamped "Tea at Five," which focused on a retired Hepburn as she recovered from a car accident in the early '80s. She reflects on her brutal childhood, her career and her decades-long love affair with actor Spencer Tracy. The show's producers were planning to bring it to Broadway after its Boston run.

“Tea for Five” ran in Boston from June 22 through July 14, though at least one performance was canceled with little notice. The Huntington Theatre Company declined to comment on the matter because the production was renting space and not a Huntington production.

Dunaway's Hollywood accolades include an Academy Award for her performance in the 1977 film “Network.” Then there's her iconic turn as the abusive Joan Crawford in 1981's "Mommie Dearest."

She is known for being demanding over the course of her career. While playing Maria Callas in playwright Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” she demanded hotel bellhops re-arrange the furniture in her room.

This was to be Dunaway's return to the big stage — she hadn't been in a Broadway production since 1982.


Andrea Shea Correspondent, Arts & Culture
Andrea Shea is a correspondent for WBUR's arts & culture reporter.



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