Faye Dunaway Fired From Broadway-Bound Play After Allegedly Slapping Crew Members And Creating ‘Hostile’ Work Environment

Maybe Mommie Dearest wasn’t just about Joan Crawford.

Academy award winning actress Faye Dunaway was fired from the Broadway-bound Tea At Five—a one-woman show by Matthew Lombardo detailing Katharine Hepburn’s tumultuous recovery after she suffered injuries from a car accident in 1983—after Dunaway reportedly “slapped and threw things” at backstage dressers who were trying to put her wig on.

The July 10th performance of the show was cancelled due to Dunaway’s erratic behavior.

Following the cancellation, Dunaway began yelling and screaming at the crew so fiercely that sources say the crew were “fearful for their safety.”

Dunaway also reportedly behaved unprofessionally throughout the entire show and rehearsal process, not allowing staff—including the director and playwright—to physically look at her in the rehearsal room and never learning lines despite having over six months to learn the script.

“98 percent of the play came through the earpiece,” said a source to the New York Postreferring to the actress’s lines and blocking.  She also insisted nobody wear white in rehearsals as it “distracted her”.

Rather than go to Broadway, the play will instead recast the role and go to London in the spring.

Dunaway last appeared on stage in 1982’s The Curse of the Aching Heart. She was due to return to the stage once before, in 1994’s revival of Sunset Boulevard, but was famously fired by Andrew Lloyd Webber before the show opened in Los Angeles.

Dunaway was traveling in Europe when the news broke and was unreachable for comment.

No word on whether wire hangers were allowed on set either.



Dunaway’s take on Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest, is available here.