Every year the Comedy Theatre presents a play that features some familiar faces of the screen. On two occasions – “The Misanthrope” and “The Children’s Hour” – this has been Keira Knightley and another example includes Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce in “La B?te”. However, this Autumn it will be Thandie Newton taking to the stage as she takes on a lead role in Ariel Dorfman’s famous 1990 play “Death and the Maiden” under the direction of Jeremy Herrin. It shows that there is a wealth of opportunities to see some big names in the capital and with James Corden also appearing in “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Adelphi Theatre this continue to hold true.
Newton will be taking on the role of Paulina in “Death and the Maiden”, which sees her portray a former political prisoner whose captor’s face was never known to her, though his voice and his mannerisms were. When the dictatorial system under which she was held falls and a democracy rises in its place she finds herself in the impossible position as acting as judge and jury to the person she thinks was her detainer and in the process she is forced to reconcile her past.
Thandie Newton is a well known actress whose work includes an abundance of movies and television shows. Her most famous film credits are perhaps “Crash” alongside Don Cheadle, “Mission Impossible II” alongside Tom Cruise, “The Pursuit of Happyness” alongside Will Smith and “Run, Fatboy, Run” alongside Simon Pegg. She has also starred alongside Judi Dench and Vin Diesel in “The Chronicles of Riddick”, Noah Wyle in the television series “ER” and Josh Brolin in “W”. So she has worked alongside a wealth of well known names in the film and TV world and this makes her someone perfectly capable of drawing in the crowds.
And those crowds lucky enough to have gotten hold of Theatre Tickets will then get to see an Olivier Award-winning play that has been highly regarded ever since it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1991, with Lindsay Posner as director and Juliet Stevenson as Paulina. The show would go on to appear on Broadway and other stages around the world, with a film adaptation by Roman Polanski arriving in 1994.
“Death and the Maiden” appears at the Comedy Theatre from Monday 24th October 2011 (previews from Thursday 13th October 2011) to Saturday 21st January 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 13th October 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st January 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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