For most people sitting down to pen their latest novel or play, writers block can be a harsh mistress. However, for most writers the best course of action is to battle on and find a way of getting past it so that they can finish their masterpiece. Not so with the character at the forefront of Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap”, who takes desperate measures to ensure that his name continues to be celebrated in the theatre world.
Regarded as one of the biggest Broadway shows to hit the stage in New York, “Deathtrap” would not only earn Tony Award nominations, but also a movie adaptation (with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve) in the 1980s, cementing its legacy for years to come. Now it is time for the West End to get a look in as Simon Russell Beale leads a cast of talented actors in a new production at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Simon Russell Beale is a well known actor who may be familiar to those who have recently seen the production of “London Assurance” at the National Theatre. It is a location that regularly features the work of the star, who has been performing in shows at the Southbank venue since the 1990s, with further credits that include “Volpone” and “Humble Boy”, whilst his most celebrated role was at the Donmar Warehouse in 2003. It was here that his performance as the title role in “Uncle Vanya” earned him a Laurence Olivier Award.
When he takes to the stage in “Deathtrap” he will do so alongside Jonathan Groff, Anna Massey, Estelle Parsons, Claire Skinner and Terry Beaver.
Massey is also a regular of the National Theatre with credits that include “Cloudstreet” and “Mary Stuart”, whilst Estelle Parsons will be making her West End debut in the production having made a career on Broadway. Meanwhile, Claire Skinner has appeared in “Mrs Affleck” and “Othello” at the National Theatre with movie roles in the likes of “Bridget Jones’s Diary”.
Beale’s author in “Deathtrap” has an unusual way of getting over writer’s block when he is presented with a script from one of his ex-students. He has been celebrated for years for his work on Broadway and he sees the student’s script as his ticket to maintaining his career, so he concocts a plan of murder and deception so that he can take the credit for himself.
Deathtrap is at the Noel Coward Theatre from Tuesday 7th September 2010 (previews from Friday 20th August 2010) to Saturday 22nd January 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 20th August 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th January 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
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