(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.
Aristotle Onassis was a famous figure in the last century; prosperous due to his work as a shipping magnate and familiar to most people for his high profile relationships with the opera star Maria Callas and the former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
As a result, he was an interesting figure and one who becomes the focus of this play from Martin Sherman, which is set to appear at the Novello Theatre from October, with My Family star Robert Lindsay in the title role. He reprises the part from the show’s earlier incarnation as Aristo, which appeared at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester back in 2008 and has been given a major overhaul ahead of its upcoming West End appearance.
It means that audiences witnessing the brand new version of Onassis will see a show that has more of a focus on his relationships than the old show ventured, in particular the mentioned romances with Callas and Kennedy, as well as his son. At the Novello Theatre at the end of the year, we will see how a man who has been driven by sex and wealth for so long, becomes far removed from the everyday experience, where his values become distinct from the real world.
During his life Onassis was a highly prominent Greek shipping magnate who lived a life of glamour and appeared regularly at hotspots like the Cannes Film Festival and more. He was the very definition of living the high life and was famous for his marriages to high profile women, in particular the former wife of assassinated US President JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy, who he married in 1968.
And actor Robert Lindsay is the perfect choice to bring him to the stage, having spent many years in the business performing on stages in the West End and making a name for himself on television shows like My Family and The Trial of Tony Blair. He is an acclaimed actor who can also boast a Laurence Olivier Award to his name for his role in Me and My Girl in the West End.
Both Jacqueline Kennedy and Maria Callas are also dramatised in the show, with Lindsay’s former Jericho co-star Lydia Leonard playing the former and Anna Francolini as the latter. Also making an appearance is Liz Crowther, best known for roles in the likes of Shoestring and Doctor Who.
Onassis appears at the Novello Theatre from Tuesday 12th October 2010 (previews from Thursday 30th September 2010) to Saturday 8th January 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 30th September 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 8th January 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
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