BBC AMERICA has just released the very first image of Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter transformed into Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor for the channel’s drama co-production, Burton and Taylor, which is set for a fall premiere. The film will depict the on-again, off-again pair as they re-team for a 1983 touring revival of Noel Coward‘s Private Lives, their first on-stage collaboration.
It was a professional last hurrah for one of the silver screen’s most glamorous, frequently photographed couples, who had worked together several times previously, most notably in the Oscar-winning 1966 adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. While a hot ticket for their fans, Private Lives received a critical drubbing and saw both stars fall into a downward spiral. (Burton died of a brain hemorrhage at age 58 nine months after the play closed.)
Here’s a bit of the real-life couple performing in Private Lives in a Philadelphia tour date:
A BBC Drama production for BBC Four with BBC AMERICA as co-producer, Burton and Taylor is written by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham, Going for Gold). Executive producer for the BBC is Jessica Pope. Richard Lawson (Effie, Him and Her, Hancock) is the director, with Lachlan MacKinnon (Silent Witness, City of Vice) as producer.