The West End is already the home to various shows portraying real-life people, from the hit musical “Jersey Boys” that focuses on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to “Woody Sez” at the Arts Theatre, concerning Woody Guthrie. But pretty soon the latter will be making way for another show featuring real-life stars as “Bette & Joan” opens its doors at the Arts Theatre from May. The production focuses on the true story of the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and will feature the performing talents of “Brideshead Revisited” actress Greta Scacchi and former “EastEnders” star Anita Dobson.
Both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were known all over the world as screen icons in the 1940s and onwards, but the focus of “Bette & Joan” is the rivalry that spawned on the set of the movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” It was the movie on which the pair first met and it was where they would become embroiled in intense fighting – at least according to reports that emanated from the set. Whilst their careers had merged before – with Crawford winning an Academy Award for “Mildred Pierce” in 1945, a role originally offered to Davis – it is the 1962 movie that is the focus of “Bette & Joan” as the drama unfolds in this low point in their careers.
Greta Scacchi has appeared in a wealth of parts over a long career and whilst many of these include screen roles such as “The Player”, “Brideshead Revisited” and “Presumed Innocent”, among others, she has also involved herself in the London theatre scene on various occasions. Her credits here include “Easy Virtue” at the Chichester Festival Theatre, “Uncle Vanya” in the West End, “Private Lives” at the Theatre Royal, Bath (later transferred to West End’s Vaudeville Theatre) and various other productions around the world. Anita Dobson, meanwhile, has appeared in everything from “EastEnders” to “Doctor Who”.
They will both be working under the guidance of director Bill Alexander, whose work has also been seen all over the capital, particularly as he has carried out numerous production for the RSC. He is also known as the director of “The Snowman”, which audiences have been picking up Theatre Tickets to witness at the Peacock Theatre year after year.
“Bette & Joan” begins its run at the Arts Theatre on Thursday 5th May 2011 and continues to Saturday 25th June 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 5th May 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 25th June 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm, Sunday 4pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 8pm|
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