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The Shawshank Redemption

by Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns

Wyndham's Theatre

Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Box Office 0844 482 5120
Tube: Leicester Square Buses 24, 29, 176

Following a sell out season at the Gaiety Dublin, the UK première of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is at Wyndham’s Theatre on Sunday 13 September at 4.00pm with previews from Friday 4 September. The season runs until Sunday 14 February 2010.

This new play by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns is based on the 1982 Stephen King novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. The cast of 20 is led by Kevin Anderson & Reg E Cathey. Other cast include Geoffrey Hutchings, Mitchell Mullen, Joe Hanley, Diarmuid Noyes, Shane Attwooll, Geff Francis. It is directed by Peter Sheridan, with design by Ferdia Murphy, sound by Denis Clohessy and lighting by Kevin Treacy.

Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison to serve two life sentences. Stripped of his life, family and freedom, Andy is forced to endure a spirit-crushing routine. But with his quiet strength and inner courage there is one thing that Andy never loses - hope.

This moving story of courage, friendship and hope inspired the 1994 Award winning film. Stephen King’s work has been translated into 33 languages.

Kevin Anderson’s best known film role is in ‘Sleeping With the Enemy’ with Julia Roberts. His most recent stage role was in ‘Salome’ with Al Pacino. He was Joe Gillis in the world première of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the Adelphi in 1993. He is a member of Steppenwolf Chicago and he was in Gary Sinise’s production of ‘Orphans’ on Broadway and again with Albert Finney in the West End and in the Alan Pakula film in 1986. He has worked with many leading film directors including Mike Figgis and Norman Jewison. Other roles include his Award winning performance as Biff in ‘Death of A Salesman’ on Broadway in 1999.

Reg E Cathey is best known for his role as Norman Wilson in the hit series ‘The Wire’ (Carcetti’s deputy campaign manager and then top advisor). His numerous TV / Film credits include ‘S.W.A.T’ with Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrell, ‘Airheads’ with Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler , ‘American Psycho’ with Christian Bale, ‘The Mask’ with Jim Carrey, ‘Tank Girl’ with Naomi Watts, cult movie ‘Pootie Tang’ with Chris Rock, ‘Clear and Present Danger’ with Harrison Ford. He was in two TV Masterpiece Theatre – Rosencrantz in ‘Hamlet’ with Kevin Kline and Virgil in ‘Dante’s Inferno’.

Award winning director Peter Sheridan co-founded the Project Theatre Company with his brother Jim. His writing credits there include ‘The Liberty Suit’ and ‘Emigrants’ which transferred to the Royal Court. His plays have been performed in New York and Los Angeles. His film credits include ‘Borstal Boy’ in 2000. Dave Johns and Owen O’Neill have performed in all major comedy venues and comedy Festivals worldwide. They have performed together with other comedians in ‘Twelve Angry Men’ Edinburgh Festival and ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ with Christian Slater in the West End.

Perfs: Tue – Sat 7.30pm ex Fri 8.30pm, Mats: Fri 5.30pm + Sat 3.00pm: Sun mat 4.00pm Running Time 2 hrs 20 mins Age 15 +
Preview Prices: £35.00 - £10.00 Prices: £49.50 - £10.00 + booking fee

29 June 2009