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His Greatness

by Daniel MacIvor

Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office: 0844 847 1652
Earls Court Tube Buses 74 328 C1 C3 N97

This European première will be at the Finborough Theatre from Wednesday 25 April for a four week season to Saturday 19 May. The press performance is on Friday 27 April at 7.30pm.

Matthew Marsh has now taken over the lead role of The Playwright. Other cast are Russell Bentley (The Assistant) and Toby Wharton (The Young Man). It is directed by Ché Walker, designed by Jean Marc Puissant with lighting by Arnim Friess and sound by Ed Lewis. The producers are Rigden Entertainment, Adam Blanshay, Natalie Macaluso, and Ken Denison.

Peter Goldfarb has withdrawn from the production.

“Look at who you are man, that's your name on that book. All those people up there on that stage last night, that's you. That's magic. You do magic.”

His Greatness is a black comedy inspired by a ‘potentially true story’ during the declining days of Tennessee Williams. It is an insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success. Three men; a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver locked in a battle for power, love and loyalty.

Matthew Marsh has recently played Combe in ‘Bingo’ with Patrick Stewart at the Young Vic, and Judge Lasker in ‘No Naughty Bits’ at Hampstead Theatre. He has played many leading roles at the National Theatre where he returns in ‘The Last of The Hausmanns’ with Julie Walters and Helen McCrory from June. His very extensive film and TV credits include as Alexander Haigh in the Award winning film ‘The Iron Lady’ and as Bob Hogan in ‘Spooks’, and in the series ‘Hidden’ ‘Luther’ and ‘Lead Balloon’.

Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor has written and directed numerous award–winning productions. In 2007 His Greatness played in sell-out productions at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and subsequently in 2010 at the Cherry Lane Theater New York. Both ‘House’ and ‘See Bob Run’ have been produced at the Finborough Theatre. Director Ché Walker’s recent productions at the Finborough include ‘Etta Jenks’ with Daniela Nardini and Clarke Peters (2005), ‘Blue Surge’ (2011) and ‘Fog’ earlier this year. Award winning designer Jean Marc Puissant has worked across Europe and in the US including at the Royal Opera House and Santa Fe opera. Matthew Marsh played Alexander Haig in the Award winning ‘The Iron Lady’.

Russell Bentley appeared in Rupert Goold’s ‘Six Characters In Search of an Author’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Liverpool Playhouse earlier this year, and ‘Three Sisters on Hope Street’ at the Liverpool Everyman and Hampstead Theatre. Toby Wharton co wrote and played Gary in ‘Fog’ at the Finborough. Last autumn he was in ‘Shalom Baby’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and he was also seen in Roy Williams’ ‘Days of Significance’ at the RSC.

Tue 24 April – Sat 19 May 2012, Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Press perf Fri 27 April 7.30pm
Sun Matinees 3.00pm, Sat matinees 3.00pm (not 28 Apr
Ticket prices see Finborough Theatre website Running Time 2.00 hr

11 April 2012