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Broadway’s Spider-Man Upsets Shakespeare Theatre Co. Season, Pinter Swoops to Rescue

If the Shakespeare Theatre Company had a spider-sense, would it have tingled at the approach of this news?

The fourth play in its 2010-2011 season would have been Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV—the troupe chose it with the New York-based actor Patrick Page in mind. Then, Alan Cummings dropped out of Julie Taymor's blockbuster Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Page was tapped last month to take his place. He'll be playing the Green Goblin.

For Page, taking the Goblin role was a no-brainer, according to his agent, Jim Wilhelm. Page then withdrew from the Shakespeare Theatre's Enrico, which was to run May 17-July 3, 2011, as well as from a committment this summer with the Old Globe theater in San Diego. Spider-Man—which has faced numerous delays, is budgeted at over $50 million, and features music composed by Bono and The Edge—begins performances later this year at the Hilton Theater in New York.

As for the Shakespeare Theatre, it won't be staging Enrico IV next season. Instead, citing an ambiguous "scheduling conflict" from Page,  it announced yesterday it's producing Harold Pinter's psychologically fraught love-triangle drama Old Times, Playbill reports. That production will star Holly Twyford.

According to Wilhelm, the Shakeaspeare Theatre Company took news of Page's withdrawal "as well as could be expected."

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