The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End has been the home of “Legally Blonde the Musical” for the last couple of years but when that production ends its run in April the stage will be set for the West End debut of Hollywood actor Danny DeVito. The veteran actor and filmmaker is set to appear alongside Richard Griffiths in Neil Simon’s classic play “The Sunshine Boys”. Though this should be enough to have plenty of people clamouring for theatre tickets, the show also boasts a director in Thea Sharrock, who has been behind a wealth of successful London productions over the years.
“The Sunshine Boys” focuses on the characters of Al Lewis (Griffiths) and Willy Clark (DeVito), two former stars of the stage who once performed as a Vaudevillian team and who have grown to hate one another after decades together. It has been some time since Lewis opted to turn his back on show business and Clark still hasn’t forgotten the frustration at his decision, but now CBS has asked them to team-up and reunite for a television special. Time will tell if they will be able to put their differences behind them and perform for the fans once again.
Danny DeVito is well known for a multitude of movies that he has appeared in over the decades, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Romancing the Stone”, “Jewel of the Nile” and “Batman Returns”, in addition to comedies like “Twins”, “Junior” and “Matilda”, which he also directed. These days he has also made a name for himself thanks to his portrayal of Frank Reynolds in the cult television series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. “The Sunshine Boys” will mark his West End debut (and he follows in the footsteps of many Hollywood actors that have made their way to a West End stage over the years, such as Keira Knightley and Josh Hartnett), though he previously appeared in a Broadway version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.
Richard Griffiths, meanwhile, was last seen in the West End in “The Habit of Art” at the Lyttelton National Theatre, though he also appeared in “The History Boys” at the same venue, in addition to movies like “Withnail and I”.
“The Sunshine Boys” makes its way to the stage of the Savoy Theatre on Thursday 17th May 2012 (with previews from Friday 27th April 2012) and continues to Saturday 28th July 2012.
|Booking From:||Friday, 27th April 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th July 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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