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Previewed 30 Sepember 2010, Opened 12 October 2010, Closed 8 January 2011 at the Novello Theatre in London
A major production of Martin Sherman's new play Onassis in London starring Robert Lindsay and directed by Nancy Meckler.
Aristotle Onassis was a millionaire at 25 and became one of the world's richest men, but it was the glamour of the women in his life which brought him real fame, causing him to pursue personal vendettas and amassing empires on an international scale. This is the true story of the relationships between Onassis, his lover Maria Callas, his wife Jackie Kennedy and his long running feud with the Kennedy family and the American establishment. An extraordinary account of one man's voracious appetite for sex, money and power - how those with great wealth and political influence live their lives detached from the moral code and realities of ordinary mortals.
The cast for Onassis in London stars Robert Lindsay in the title role of 'Aristotle Onassis' with Lydia Leonard as 'Jackie Kennedy' and Anna Francolini as 'Maria Callas' along with Tom Austen, Liz Crowther, Ben Grove, Robert Hastie, John Hodgkinson, Sue Kelvin, Graeme Taylor and Gawn Grainger. Martin Sherman's new is based on the book 'Nemesis' by Peter Evens, the production is directed by Nancy Meckler. This play was originally presented at the Chichester Festival Minerva Theatre from 11 September to 11 October under the title 'Aristo' and this prodcution is presented in London in a largely revised version. PLEASE NOTE: Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Robert Lindsay's recent West End theatre credits include the title role in Sean Holmes' 50th anniversary revival of John Osborne's classic play The Entertainer at the Old Vic in 2007 and the title role in Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac at the Haymarket Theatre in 1992. Martin Sherman's West End plays include Bent and When She Danced, and translating Luigi Pirandello's Absolutely! (perhaps). Anna Francolini's London stage credits include Caroline, or Change at the NT's Lyttelton Theatre in 2006.
"If there is one rule for writing for the stage, it is 'show, don't tell'. This wearying production does little else but tell, with Gawn Grainger, as one of Onassis's business associates, droning on and on about the old boy's life as if he were Basil Exposition in the Austin Powers films. The show has good looks, but it is as shallow as the curious water-effect that runs across the front of the stage... In the title role, Robert Lindsay, in his snappy white suits, tries to invest something of Zorba into the part, but it comes out in the wash like Del Boy." The Sunday Telegraph
"Martin Sherman gives us an Onassis who was the epitome of that old cliche, the mail wvho knew the price of everything and the value of nothing... It's all flashy claptrap, but Robert Lindsay is never less than watchable, playing a swaggering Onassis as part playboy, part pirate, part barrowboy, every inch the carnal, restless, conflicted, paranoid tycoon. Lydia Leonard wears Jackie's dresses well, but is otherwise insipid. Anna Francolini's absurd Maria Callas - Onassis's lover before Jackie Kennedy - is full of curses but adds nothing except a gorgeous kimono." The Mail on Sunday
Onassis in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 30 September 2010, opened on 12 October 2010 and closed on 8 January 2011.