THE COLLABORATION Featuring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope By Anthony McCarten Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah - Tickets On Sale - Previews Begin Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, September 12, 2022

THE COLLABORATION Featuring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope By Anthony McCarten Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah - Tickets On Sale - Previews Begin Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tickets On Sale Now

for American Express® Card Members


Manhattan Theatre Club


the Young Vic Theatre

by Special Arrangement with

Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Anthology Theatre,

Stanley Buchthal and Denis O’Sullivan



Featuring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope

By Anthony McCarten

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah


Audience Rewards Presale Begins Monday, September 19

Single Tickets On Sale Beginning Tuesday, September 27


Previews Begin Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Opening Tuesday, December 20, 2022

At MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway


Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) and the Young Vic Theatre, Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director) and Lucy Davies (Executive Director) by special arrangement with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Anthology Theatre, Stanley Buchthal, and Denis O’Sullivan are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the American premiere of The Collaboration, featuring Paul Bettany (The Avengers, "WandaVision," “A Very British Scandal”and Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy at MTC, Ain’t Too Proud, “Hollywood”), written by Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody), and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah (The Visitor, Tree).


As the official card sponsor of The Collaboration, American Express® Card Members have Early Access to exclusive presale tickets before the general public, now through Monday, September 19 at 9:59 am EDT at or at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office.


Presale tickets for The Collaboration are available exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from Monday, September 19 at 10:00 am EDT through Monday, September 26 at 9:59 am EDT. It's free and fast to join at


Audience Rewards is the Official Rewards Program of Broadway, providing membership benefits and rewards for more than 2.7 million members and representing more than a quarter of all Broadway tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and Telecharge. Free and easy to join, Audience Rewards allows buyers to earn ShowPoints on every ticket purchase, to be redeemed for free tickets, theater collectibles, unique experiences, and more. Founded in 2008 by a unique coalition of prominent theater owners, including Nederlander, Shubert, and Jujamcyn, major national presenters, and key performing arts centers from across the country, Audience Rewards has offered members first access presales to more than 100 Broadway shows and 200 VIP experiences and events, which have included a walk-on role in Rock of Ages, a cooking class with Gavin Creel & Celia Keenan-Bolger, celebrity Q&As, backstage tours and much more.


Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00am EDT online at, by phone at 212-239-6200, or at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office.


The Collaboration will begin previews on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, ahead of a Tuesday, December 20, 2022 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).


Warhol. Basquiat. Electric, eccentric, polar opposites... together, for the first time in the most unlikely partnership the art world has ever seen. Paul Bettany (The Avengers, "WandaVision," “A Very British Scandal”and Jeremy Pope (Choir BoyAin’t Too Proud, “Hollywood”) star in the thrilling American premiere of the London sensation.


In the summer of 1984, longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist, or even thrive? The stage is their canvas in this sizzling tour-de-force by Anthony McCarten (four-time Oscar®-nominated writer of The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody), directed by the acclaimed Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director of London's Young Vic).


The world premiere of The Collaboration was originally produced by the Young Vic Theatre London in January-March 2022 in partnership with Eleanor Lloyd, Anthology Theatre, Stanley Buchthal, and Eilene Davidson in association with Denis O’Sullivan.


The Collaboration opened at the Young Vic to critical acclaim:




-       The Times of London




The exquisite Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope are a perfect pairing.

Kwame Kwei-Armah's production is HYPNOTIC!"

-       The Daily Mail




Bettany and Pope match each other in BRILLIANCE."

-       Evening Standard




-       Daily Telegraph


Additional cast members and the creative team for The Collaboration will be announced at a later date.


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’s artistic profile is defined by our sustained commitment to producing new theatrical works of the highest quality in our three theatres. We are dedicated to living playwrights, working with the most accomplished artists and launching new talent. Each season, we aspire to create an innovative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and diverse repertoire of exciting productions. Over five decades, MTC has grown from a small off-off-Broadway showcase into one of the country’s most prestigious and award-winning theatre companies, creating approximately 600 world, American, New York and Broadway premieres. Our productions have earned 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 28 Tony Awards, 50 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie Awards amongst many other honors. Our Broadway home is the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and our two Off-Broadway theatres are at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). MTC is an anti-racist organization that respects and honors all voices, and upholds the values of community and equity. For more information, please visit



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PAUL BETTANY (Andy Warhol). Bettany was classically trained at the Drama Centre in London. He made his stage debut in a West End production of An Inspector Calls under the direction of Stephen Daldry. He then spent a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in productions of Richard IIIRomeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. He returned to the stage to appear in Joe Penhall’s Love and Understanding at London’s Bush Theatre.  He later reprised that role at the Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. He starred as ‘Vision’ in the Disney+ series “WandaVision”, which earned him a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination. Previously, he starred as ‘Vision’ in the films Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. In 2020 he was seen in the Emmy® Nominated film Uncle Frank for writer/director Alan Ball, released by Miramax/Amazon Studios. He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award and a London Film Critics’ Circle Award for IFC’s Gangster No. 1, directed by Paul McGuigan. He went on to star in Brian Helgeland's film A Knight’s Tale opposite Heath Ledger. Other credits include the Academy Award winning film A Beautiful Mind; Fox’s Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for director Peter Weir, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and won an Evening Standard Award for Best British Actor, the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor and Elle Style Award for Best Actor. Other credits include the Academy Award nominated film Margin Call. Paul Bettany was most recently seen in the BBC/Amazon Studios series “A Very British Scandal” starring opposite Claire Foy. Upcoming, he will be seen in the Miramax dramedy Harvest Moon, from a script he co-wrote and co-produced with Dana Brown. He made his directorial debut with the film Shelter starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.



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JEREMY POPE (Jean-Michel Basquiat) made history by earning two Tony Award® nominations in the same season: Best Lead Actor in a Play for his Broadway debut in Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his Broadway musical debut as Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud. His role in Choir Boy also earned him a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, along with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and a Drama League Award nomination. Pope starred in Netflix’s “Hollywood”, a performance that earned him an Emmy® Award nomination for Best Actor in a Limited Series and an African American Film Critics Association Breakout Performer Award and he can be seen in the final season of the Emmy nominated television series, “Pose.” Jeremy recently wrapped filming the lead role in A24’s The Inspection and released his single “Uptown Apartment” featuring Earth, Wind, & Fire’s Verdine White.


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