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David Grindlay Directs Sideways at the St James Theatre

Thursday, 11th Feb 2016

Today’s news comes from the St James Theatre as the Palace Street venue reveals one of the shows set to appear this summer.

Sideways, based on the well known novel by Rex Pickett, is due to run at the venue from the end of May with David Grindlay directing from a script adapted by Pickett himself. Those unaware of the novel might remember the 2004 film adaptation that featured performances from Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church.

The story focuses on the characters of Miles and Jack, who are both dealing with their midlife crises in different ways. Jack is about to be married and Miles is a troubled writer and together they venture into the Californian wine country to sample some drinks and spend one the week together before the big day. Then Maya and Terra enter the scene and the four characters learn as much about themselves as they do about wine.

The film is a popular one and there is no doubt that there will be plenty of fans hoping to witness this show when it heads to the stage of the St James Theatre, where they will witness a comic emotional rollercoaster.

Rex Pickett, the writer, has worked on various projects and also released a follow-up to Sideways in 2011 called Vertical. He is clearly happy that the show is heading to London later in the year as he was quoted as saying that Britain has a big “influence on my work”.

“From the moment my play Sideways was successfully staged in the U.S. it's been my express dream to bring it to London.  That is not hyperbole.  I've been a lifelong, die-hard fan of U.K. films, literature, thespians, and, of course, London's rich history of theatre and her undying love of language and for the spoken word.”

Sideways is set to enjoy a short run this summer, beginning performances at the St James Theatre on Thursday 26th May 2016. It will then continue throughout June, giving audiences plenty of time to see something that has already entertained the crowds on the other side of the Pond.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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