Written on the Heart Will Close Early at the Duchess Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company Production Will Close This Month Instead of the Planned July End-Date
Back in February it was first announced that “Written on the Heart” would be heading to the Duchess Theatre following its previous appearance in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Royal Shakespeare Company production has since opened in the West End, however it has now been announced that its panned end-date of Saturday 21st July 2012 has been pulled back to Saturday 19th May 2012 instead. It means that audiences will have less time to witness Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer in the David Edgar play.
The production was originally commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011 and as such we focus on two men as they struggle to complete the highly contentious text that should have changed the church but instead led to dire consequences. One of them is William Tyndale, portrayed by Stephen Boxer, as he attempts to translate the Bible into English from his prison cell on the night before his execution. The second man is Lancelot Andrewes, portrayed by Oliver Ford Davies, who is visited by Tyndale’s ghost many decades later.
Oliver Ford Davies appears in the production on the back of a successful career on the stage, which has seen him earn a Laurence Olivier Award in 1990 for “Racing Demon” at the Cottesloe National Theatre. His other credits include “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the National Theatre, “Absolutely! (perhaps)” at the Wyndham’s Theatre and “Hamlet” in the West End. Those that pick up theatre tickets for the production might also recognise him for his movie and television appearances, which include the likes of “Kavanagh QC”, “Foyle’s War” and the “Star Wars” prequels.
The play was a high profile one as it was penned by David Edgar, an acclaimed playwright whose best known work is the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” in the 1980s.
No show has been revealed as its follow as of writing, however “Written on the Heart” continues at the Duchess Theatre until it reaches its revised end-date of Saturday 19th May 2012.