Extra tickets have been released for Jonathan Maitland’s play An Audience With Jimmy Savile at the Park Theatre.
Additional performances have been added on Monday 29th June and Monday 6th July at 7.30pm. The production continues until 11th July 2015.
Drawing extensively on material from genuine interviews, transcripts and TV shows, this is the first play to explore the most shocking sex scandal of our time.
It’s 1991 and a TV show celebrates the life of the recently knighted ‘Most Trusted Man In Britain’. Whilst the great and the good praise him in the studio, a starkly different story unfolds in the shadows…
Directed by Brendan O’Hea, the show has design by Lone Schacksen with lighting by David Howe and sound by Tristan Parke. Alistair McGowan plays Jimmy Savile, with Charlotte Page, Robert Perkins, Graham Seed and Leah Whitaker completing the cast.
Maitland’s debut play Dead Sheep about Margaret Thatcher and Geoffrey Howe recently broke Park Theatre box office records, taking over £135k over its six week run. An Audience with Jimmy Savile is on course to break this record, both financially and in terms of overall attendance.
Jonathan Maitland said, "We were always determined that some of the profit from this show should go to support the amazing and vital work that National Association for People Abused in Childhood do, and I’m pleased to confirm that we will definitely now be in a position to make a substantial donation to them at the end of the run. What pleases me more than anything is that the play has had overwhelming approval from the many survivors of sexual abuse who have come to see it, as well as the wider theatre going public."
Gabrielle Shaw (Chief Executive for NAPAC) said: "We are delighted with the success of this outstanding play. ‘An Audience with Jimmy Savile’ shines a light on how Savile got away with his terrible actions, but even more importantly it highlights the varied experiences of those who were victims of his abuse. NAPAC works with adult survivors of childhood abuse, and the producers’ donation will go directly towards this work – notably the NAPAC support telephone line which offers free and confidential advice and a listening ear for those trying to deal with the trauma they have suffered."
Jez Bond (Artistic Director of the Park Theatre said): "I’m thrilled that Park Theatre has helped bring this important play to the stage. The reaction of our audiences after every performance reminds us just how successful theatre can be in raising the debate on current affairs. There’s much to be learnt from this disgusting piece of our society’s history – and I’m proud that we’ve been able to play even a small part in the autopsy of the events."
Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks