A daring production heads to the Duchess Theatre this April following its much-talked-about run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre. Commissioned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011, the show focuses on the efforts to create the English-language text at great personal risk, presenting a unique and memorable stage experience in the process. It features the actors Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer as lead characters, reprising their roles from the Swan Theatre, while directing duties fall upon another Swan Theatre alumnus, Gregory Doran. It is written by David Edgar.
“Written on the Heart” focuses on the struggles of William Tyndale and Lancelot Andrewes’s involvement in the translation of the Bible into English. In doing so we witness the consequences of their actions over a period of 80 years, beginning in 1610 and then moving to earlier period such as 1536 and 1586, before returning to the original time period in the 17th century. From Tyndale’s continued efforts to create the work from his prison cell the night before his execution to the efforts of Andrewes many years later as Tyndale’s spirit stands by his side, it will show how a project that should have changed the church had great consequences during the English reformation.
Oliver Ford Davies, playing Andrewes, has an array of screen and stage credits to his name, making him a familiar face for those that will be picking up theatre tickets. He has earned Laurence Olivier Awards and nominations during his time, including one in 1990 for “Racing Demon” at the National Theatre and a nomination for “Absolutely! (perhaps)” at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2003. His other credits include “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the National Theatre and screen roles like “Kavanagh QC”, the “Star Wars” prequels and “Johnny English”.
So “Written on the Heart” is a show that is likely to have a profound impact in the West End, not least because it tackles a topic that is unlikely to be found at other venues in Theatreland.
“Written on the Heart” makes its appearance at the Duchess Theatre following “The Pitmen Painters” with a run beginning on Monday 23rd April 2012 (with previews from Thursday 19th April 2012) and continuing to Saturday 21st July 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 19th April 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 19th May 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
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