(pictured) plans to begin preview performances of a new one-woman show Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club
's City Center stage later this week, despite undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness that will require her to read from a script for the entire run of the show. According to Variety
, performances of Nightingale
will go ahead as planned, with opening night slated for November 3. The new play mixes autobiographic stories about Redgrave's family history and reminiscences about her grandmother's life.
Redgrave has been treated for cancer in the past, though the exact nature of this current illness, for which she's being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is unknown. True to her reputation as a strong-willed and dedicated performer, though, she apparently insisted that the show go on.