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The Last Confession

transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT
Box Office 0870 4000 626
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Buses: 9, 12, 15, 88

David Suchet has won the Variety Club Award for Stage Performance of the Year 2007 for his role in The Last Confession.

Following a sell out season and critical acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre, Roger Crane’s new thriller transfers to The Theatre Royal Haymarket from Thursday 28 June until Saturday 15 September 2007. The first night is on Monday 2 July at 7.30pm.

In the cast are David Suchet (Cardinal Benelli), Michael Jayston (The Confessor), Richard O’Callaghan (Cardinal Luciani), Roger May (Monsignor Magee), Bernard Lloyd (Cardinal Villot), Stuart Milligan (Bishop Marcinkus), Clifford Rose (Pope Paul VI), Charles Kay (Cardinal Felici), John Franklyn-Robbins (Cardinal Ottaviani), John Cormack (Cardinal Baggio), Michael Cronin (Cardinal Suenens), Joseph Mydell (Cardinal Gantin), Joseph Long (Cardinal Lorscheider), Paul Foster (Father Lorenzi), Maroussia Frank (Sister Vincenza), Christopher Mellows (Dr. Buzzonetti/Thomas).

It is directed by David Jones, designed by William Dudley, with costumes by Fotini Dimou, lighting by Peter Mumford, and music composed by Dominic Muldowney. Duncan C Weldon & Paul Elliott for Triumph Entertainment Ltd with Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions present this Chichester Festival Theatre Production.

The Last Confession delves into the most highly guarded institution in the world to explore the mystery shrouding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. Found dead just 33 days after being elected, suspicions are aroused when it is revealed that the new Pope had warned three of his most influential but hostile Cardinals that they would be replaced on the evening before his death. The Vatican refuses to conduct an official investigation into the death. Cardinal Benelli (David Suchet) is the only one to challenge the dead Pope’s enemies. The Last Confession is published by Oberon Books.

David Suchet portrayed Robert Maxwell in ‘Maxwell’ BBC 2 in May. His very extensive and Award winning stage career includes many seasons with the RSC and recently ‘Once In A Lifetime’ at the National and ‘Man and Boy’ in the West End. His TV credits include over 70 episodes of ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’. David Jones has recently directed ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and ‘On The Razzle’ in the US. He has directed many plays by Harold Pinter. He directed David Suchet in the RSC’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’. This is Roger Crane’s first play.

Perfs: Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Mats: Wed, Sat 3.00pm
Running Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Prices: £15.00 - £50.00 plus booking fee

21 May 2007