Friday, 5 June 2015

Full casting announced for Orson’s Shadow at the Southwark Playhouse

Full casting has been announced for the European premiere of Orson’s Shadow.

Directed by Alice Hamilton, Austin Pendleton's comedy opens at the Southwark Playhouse on 6th July (previews from 1st July) and runs until 25th July 2015. 

The cast includes: Gina Bellman (Vivien Leigh), Edward Bennett (Kenneth Tynan), Louise Ford (Joan Plowright), John Hodgkinson (Orson Welles), Adrian Lukis (Laurence Olivier) and Ciaran O’Brien (Sean).

Set in 1960 backstage at London’s Royal Court Theatre, 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 is 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.

Photo Credit: Simon Annand

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