The Couple From "The Crown" On Stage In London


"The buzziest show in London right now is “Lungs,” starring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Or, as they’re known in real life, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, the royal couple of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Seasons 1 and 2.

Reviewing the Duncan Macmillan drama at the Old Vic, critics say the chemistry between the two is even more palpable onstage than it was in “The Crown.” Credit their director, Matthew Warchus, who orchestrated four great actors — Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini — in 2009’s “God of Carnage.”

Broadway producers and theater owners read the reviews and are vying to get the play for New York either this spring, if a theater’s available, or in the fall. Warchus, who arrived here Thursday, says there’s nothing to report yet. “Lots of enthusiasm, but lots of schedules to align,” he emailed me."

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