Orson’s Shadow by Austin Pendleton is to receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse later this year.
Directed by Alice Hamilton, the production opens in The Large on 6th July (previews from 1st July) and runs until 25th July 2015.
1960. Backstage at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Hollywood giants Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier have been persuaded to work together for the first time - the inspired idea of legendary theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan. Welles has agreed to direct Olivier and Joan Plowright in a production of Eugène Ionesco’s masterpiece Rhinoceros. But with Olivier’s eccentric wife Vivien Leigh added to the volatile mix, legendary egos collide both on stage and off.
Based on true events, Orson’s Shadow described as a comedy that is a "sharp-witted yet tender-hearted expose’ of the thin skins, hot tempers, and rampaging egos that exist when two titans of the stage and screen come together". It was nominated Outstanding Play of the Year in the Lortel Awards on its New York debut.
Casting to be announced.