Faye Dunaway 'terminated' from Broadway-bound play 'Tea at Five'

Faye Dunaway has been fired from the Broadway-bound “Tea at Five,” a one-woman show about Katharine Hepburn amid a New York Post report of physical and verbal abuse of crew members during a recent run of the show at Boston’s Huntington Theatre.

“The producers of ‘Tea at Five’ announced today that they have terminated their relationship with Faye Dunaway,” a rep for producer Ben Feldman said in a statement. “Plans are in development for the play to have its West End debut early next year with a new actress to play the role of Katharine Hepburn.”

The show’s rep declined to elaborate on reasons for the termination but sources on the production told the Post that the Oscar-winning actress slapped crew members and threw things at them, frequently arrived late to rehearsals and used an earpiece for lines and blocking because she had not memorized the script.

According to the Post, the July 10 performance was canceled just before it was set to begin because the actress had slapped a crew member.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Faye Dunaway during the Cinema for Peace Gala at the Westhafen Event & Convention Center on February 11, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 10: US actress Faye Dunaway during the Cinema For Peace International Committee & Nominee Dinner at China Club on February 10, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04: Faye Dunaway attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 04, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04: Faye Dunaway attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 04, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Faye Dunaway (L) and Warren Beatty speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
THE OSCARS(r) - The 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) FAYE DUNAWAY, WARREN BEATTY
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Faye Dunaway walks the runway at the Fashion for Relief event during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ki Price/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Kate Moss (L) and Faye Dunaway attend the Fashion for Relief gala dinner during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 11: Actress Faye Dunaway arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Paris Can Wait' at Pacific Design Center on May 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Faye Dunaway arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Faye Dunaway attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Eddy Chen/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) FAYE DUNAWAY, WARREN BEATTY
"La La Land" producers Marc Platt (L), Jordan Horowitz (2ndL) and Fred Berger accept their awards for best picture from US actors Faye Dunaway (2ndR) and Warren Beatty (R) after initially believing they had won at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Faye Dunaway attends The Hollywood Reporter 5th Annual Nominees Night - Arrivals at Spago on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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A rep for Dunaway did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

John Tillinger was directing the production based on Matthew Lombardo’s revised script for the show, which would have marked the star’s first appearance on Broadway since 1982. The 2002 play was first performed by “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Kate Mulgrew.

In 1968, Dunaway famously lost her first chance at an Academy Award to Hepburn, who won for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Dunaway, who had been nominated for “Bonnie and Clyde,” won Best Actress nine years later for “Network.”

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Actress Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in the Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway with Mara Hobel and actor Steve Forrest on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway and Howard Da Silva on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid and Director Frank Perry on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway and Mara Hobel on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gilda Radner as Christina Crawford and Jane Curtin as Joan Crawford during the 'Mommie Dearest' skit on December 16, 1978 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Faye Dunaway playing Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest.
(Original Caption) Faye Dunaway stars as actress Joan Crawford in the motion picture based on the book written by Christina Crawford, Mommie Dearest, to make its network television debut as a special movie presentation, Saturday, November 19 (8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Actress Faye Dunaway and Mara Hobel on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1939: EXCLUSIVE American actor Joan Crawford (1904 - 1977) lays on a lounge chair with her dauschund. Note that her freckles are visible in this unretouched image. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
Actress Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford on the set of Paramount Pictures movie ' Mommie Dearest' in 1981. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
June 1944: EXCLUSIVE American actor Joan Crawford sits and holds hands with her adopted daughter Christina at their home. They wear matching velvet jumpers and flowers in their hair. Christina later wrote a tell-all book entitled, 'Mommie Dearest,' about her unhappy childhood. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
June 1944: EXCLUSIVE American actor Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina posing at home in front of their fireplace and a painted portrait of Crawford. They wear matching ruffled dresses, with flowers in their hair. Christina later wrote a tell-all book entitled, 'Mommie Dearest,' describing her unhappy childhood. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gilda Radner as Christina Crawford, Dan aykroyd as Clark Gable, Jane Curtin as Joan Crawford, and Laraine Newman as Katharine Hepburn during the 'Mommie Dearest' skit on December 16, 1978 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Aykroyd as Clark Gable, Laraine Newman was Katharine Hepburn, Jane Curtin as Joan Crawford, Bill Murray as Cary Grant, and Elliott Gould as Archer Armstrong during the 'Mommie Dearest' skit on December 16, 1978 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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