A Series of Shows Announced at the Arts Theatre
Three Productions Appearing Later in the Year as Part of the Drama at the Arts Season
There will be numerous high profile seasons appearing at the Arts Theatre later in the year, with various well known stars taking part in the “Fact to Face at the Arts” series (like Alison Steadman and others). But as well as these one-off interviews with theatrical talents, the West End venue will also be welcoming the “Drama at the Arts” season in the Autumn and it has now announced the three productions that will be taking centre stage from September to November.
“A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson” promises to give a unique insight into the man behind the dictionary with Russell Barr, Ian Redford and Max Stafford Clarke’s book “Tour to the Hebrides” and James Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson” the bases for the show. Barr and Redford will also star in the production alongside Trudie Styler, whilst Stafford Clarke takes on the duties of director. It appears at the Arts Theatre from Thursday 1st September 2011 to Saturday 24 September 2011.
It is followed by “The Killing of Sister George”, which is to star Meera Syal (“Goodness Gracious Me”, “The Kumars at No. 42” and the West End’s “Shirley Valentine”) and Belinda Lang in lead roles. The play first appeared in the West End in the 1960s and tells of a woman whose fictional alter-ego is written out of a famous radio soap and is then confronted by producer Mrs Mercy about her life – the antithesis of the one on the radio. It runs at the Arts Theatre from Wednesday 5th October 2011 to Saturday 29th October 2011.
Finally, “A British Subject” will appear following high profile appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in New York. It tells the real life story of a man convicted of murder in Pakistan - hours after landing from the UK – and the 18 year struggle to secure his release from death row. It appears at the Arts Theatre from Wednesday 2nd November 2011 to Saturday 26th November 2011.