The West End proves once again that it offers the very best theatrical performances in the world as Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl travel to the capital to perform in The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre. Neil Simon’s classic 1970s play is given a chance to shine in front of a new generation of theatregoers with Terry Johnson taking on the duties of director and the Old Vic Theatre Company working behind the scenes. It will be a great opportunity to witness two Hollywood actors take to the stage to deliver some captivating performances.
In Neil Simon’s drama, audiences are introduced to Goldblum and Ruehl’s characters of Mel and Edna Edison, a New York couple getting to grips with life in 1970s New York City. But things begin to unravel when Mel is made redundant, which adds to their financial woes and the dilemmas of living in a densely populated area and ultimately leads to a nervous breakdown. It means that Edna is left to pick up the pieces, with Mel spiralling into a world of self hatred as his world seems to crumble around him.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an acclaimed piece of work that made its rounds on Broadway for the first time in the 1970s and is just as compelling today as it was back then. But with the direction of Terry Johnson, plus the performances of two well known actors, this is on course to be a moving show.
Jeff Goldblum needs little introduction, having played numerous roles in high profile movies, whilst also finding the time to make his mark on Broadway as well. Many remember him for his famous portrayal of the doomed scientist at the heart of David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly. However, he has also appeared in further science fiction films like Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Independence Day, in addition to cult favourites like Earth Girls are Easy opposite a young Jim Carrey and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension opposite John Lithgow.
He has previously worked with the Old Vic in their production of Speed-the-Plow at the Lambeth venue in 2008, which saw him appear opposite the theatre’s Artistic Director Kevin Spacey. It is an experience that Mercedes Ruehl can match with her appearance in Lost in Yonkers, which saw her appear opposite the American Beauty star in the West End.
Ruehl’s other credits include her Academy Award-winning turn in The Fisher King and her Tony Award-nominated performance in The Shadow Box.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue appears at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from Tuesday 13th July 2010 (previews from Wednesday 30th June 2010) until Saturday 11th September 2010.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 30th June 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 25th September 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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