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Previewed 4 September 2009, Opened 13 September 2009, Closed 29 November 2009 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London
Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns' stage play The Shawshank Redemption in London starring Kevin Anderson and Reg E Cathey - based on the Stephen King novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison to serve two life sentences. Stripped of his life, family and freedom, Andy is forced to endure a spirit-crushing routine. But with his quiet strength and inner courage there is one thing that Andy never loses - hope. Dreams are what the future is made of... Hope will take you there.
The 20 strong cast for The Shawshank Redemption in London features Kevin Anderson as 'Andy' and Reg Cathey as 'Red'. The production is directed by Peter Sheridan with design by Ferdia Murphy, sound by Denis Clohessy and lighting by Kevin Treacy. This stage production of The Shawshank Redemption transfers to London's West End following an acclaimed season at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from May to June 2009. Stephen King wrote the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in 1982 and was made into a film in 1994 starring Tim Robbins as 'Andy' and Morgan Freeman as 'Red'. PLEASE NOTE: Age limit is 15 and over due to adult themed content.
"Prisons, like courtrooms, make great drama. Tight spaces, tension, the tantalising possibility of freedom or escape. Many people put The Shawshank Redemption top of their list of prison films... Most people will be familiar with this heart-warming melodrama, a love story of sorts between two prisoners from opposite sides of the tracks. Peter Sheridan's production tells it well enough, balancing the brutality with the unavoidable sentimentality that comes with persistent reminders to never give up on your dreams... In spite of the acting, this production is seldom more than soullessly efficient." The Mail On Sunday
"The film worked because of the unique chemistry between Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, and also Frank Darabont's spirited direction... What Peter Sheridan has created on the stage is a strange sort of Madame Tussauds-style recreation of it. Kevin Anderson as Andy... looks, in a waxen, dummy-like way, very much like Tim Robbins in the film... Reg E Cathey, as the prison fixer Red, is also uncannily like Morgan Freeman, right down to the raspy voice... Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns's adaptation of Darabont's original screenplay makes for a succession of ugly, unpalatable images... Well-timed and imaginatively shot in the film, they come in a hurried, arbitrary succession in the play." The Sunday Telegraph
Most recently Kevin Anderson was directed by and starred alongside Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde's Salomé at the Wadsworth Theater in LA. Kevin Anderson made his Off-Broadway debut in Steppenwolf's Orphans and has been a member of the ensemble since 1984. Kevin's subsequent returns to the stage have been as varying as they are lauded, from the world premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard in London to Death of a Salesman on Broadway for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He is probably best known for starring with Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin in the film Sleeping with the Enemy. Renowned American actor Reg Cathey is probably best known for his role as 'Norman Wilson' in the hit television series The Wire. His numerous other television and film credits include Law & Order, ER, American Psycho, Star Trek The Next Generation and Clear and Present Danger. Cathey is an accomplished Shakespearean actor and has played prominent roles on stage in The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.
The Shawshank Redemption in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 4 September 2009, opened on 13 September 2009 and closed on 29 November 2009 - was booking up to 14 February 2010.