M Butterfly Summary

  • M Butterfly is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 9 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 7, 2017
  • Opened October 26, 2017
  • Show Closed: December 17, 2017

M. Butterfly is a play by David Henry Hwang that premiered on Broadway in 1988, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. The story of a French diplomat, Rene Gallimard, who is stationed in China, falls in love with a mysterious Chinese opera singer. David Henry Hwang tells the tale of international espionage and deep deception.

M Butterfly on Broadway Background

The 2017 revival is directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) and stars Clive Owen (Old Times, “The Knick”) in the lead role of Rene Gallimard. Clive Owen stars in this Broadway classic, following a successful run in Harold Pinter’s Old Times in 2015. Inspired by the opera Madama Butterfly by Giocomo Puccini, the play takes place between the years 1960 to 1988 in Beijing and Paris. This 20-year love affair reveals astonishing truths about human nature between both sexes, while also reflecting fascinating elements of the true story between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu, on which the play is based. Since the play’s premiere in 1988, more facts have come to light about this real-life relationship, and Hwang has incorporated more of these elements into an updated version of the play. This remarkable story encompasses the depths of human emotions in its complicated and unexpected love story, as well as a fascinating look into the world of international espionage.

What’s M Butterfly Like?

Julie Taymor is one of the most uniquely talented stage directors of our time. After taking the world by storm with The Lion King, which has become an unstoppable long-running hit, she was a frequent news presence due to the unexpected travails of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Nevertheless, her incredible ability to manifest visually stunning worlds for her characters is unparalleled, and M. Butterfly is an incredible opportunity for her to showcase her abilities in collaboration with one of the greatest living playwrights of our time, David Henry Hwang. Hwang’s other Broadway credits include Chinglish, Golden Child, Face Value, the book for Tarzan, the book for Flower Drum Song, and the book for Aida. The casting for M. Butterfly is also a reason not to miss this production. Owen’s film credits include Sin City, Closer, Close My Eyes, Children of Men, and The International.

Is M Butterfly Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for those aged 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre

Theatre Information

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,102
Entrance: 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Theatre Information

Cort Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Rene Gallimard
Clive Owen
Song Liling
Jin Ha

Producers

Nelle Nugent

Doug Morris

Kenneth Teaton

Steve Traxler

Ben Feldman

Production Credits

Direction
Julie Taymor
Book
David Henry Hwang
Choreography
Ma Cong
Set Design
Paul Steinberg
Lighting Design
Donald Holder
Sound Design
Will Pickens
Costume Design
Constance Hoffman
Original Music
Elliot Goldenthal
Production Stage Manager
Robert Bennett

Creative Team

General Manager
Richard Climan Inc
Technical Supervisor
Neil A Mazzella at Hudson Theatrical Associates
Company Manager
Bruce Klinger at Richards Climan
Casting Director
William Cantler at Telsey + Company
Press Agent
Polk & Co