Time and the Conways Summary

  • Time and the Conways is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 14, 2017
  • Opens October 10, 2017
  • Show Closed: November 26, 2017

Time and the Conways is a 1937 play written by J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls, I Have Been Here Before), which is being revived on Broadway for the first time since its 1938 premiere. Set in the context of the inter war period, Time and the Conways serves to elucidate European political history, while also being a universal tragedy and a family romance, in addition to its metaphysical exploration.

Time and the Conways on Broadway Background

The production is directed by Rebecca Taichman, who recently won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for her helming of Paula Vogel’s Indecent. Starring in Time and the Conways is Elizabeth McGovern, who is best known for portraying the matriarch Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham on the British television series Downton Abbey. McGovern has appeared on Broadway twice before, in the 1992 production of Hamlet as Ophelia opposite Stephen Lang as Hamlet, and in the rotating cast of the 1989 production of Love Letters. Meanwhile, she has built a steady film career with such credits as Judge Florence Cooper in Woman in Gold, Mrs. Carry Fisher in The House of Mirth, and Moira in the 1990 version of The Handmaid’s Tale. Like on Downton Abbey, in Time and the Conways McGovern plays the matriarch of well-to-do family in England, this time between the years 1919 to 1937, from the conclusion of World War I to the brink of World War II. Directed by Rebecca Taichman and starring Elizabeth McGovern, the production is surely an unmissable treat this fall season.

What’s Time and the Conways Like?

Time and the Conways is a multi-layered play that is considered one of J.B. Priestley’s best. As part of the series of Priestley’s “time plays,” Time and the Conways explores a concept of time – specifically, J.W. Dunne’s theory that time is not linear as we perceive it to be, but rather than the past, present, and future exist all at once, and at any given moment we are merely a cross-section of ourselves. From this perspective, we can transcend our suffering and there is no reason to have conflicts with other people. This is a fascinating and timeless piece that is given new life by the Roundabout Theatre Company in this revival.

Is Time and the Conways Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for those over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

Time and the Conways Marquee

Time and the Conways Marquee

Cast Members

Mrs. Conway
Elizabeth McGovern

Producers

Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

Direction
Rebecca Taichman
Book
JB Priestley

Creative Team

General Manager
Denise Cooper at Roundabout Theatre Company
Company Manager
Lee Poulin at Roundabout Theatre Company
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan at Roundabout Theatre Company
Press Agent
Polk & Co