Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

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Previewed 13 April 2005, Opened 19 April 2005, Closed 18 June 2005 at the Ambassadors Theatre in London

A major revival of Frank McGuinness's 1992 play Someone Who'll Watch Over Me in London starring Jonny Lee Miller, Aidan Gillen and David Threlfall.

A story of determination and imagination - An American doctor, an Irish journalist and a British academic are taken hostage and held by unseen captors in the Middle East. With no one else to turn to, the need to stay alive and sane overcomes their initial divisions and prejudices. In their battle to keep their spirits from faltering, their chief weapon becomes their imaginations, balancing the grim reality of the situation with moments of beauty, fantasy and poignancy. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive? Inspired by the true account of Brian Keenan.

"Three stellar performances... Hilariously funny as well as moving... A wise and wonderful play" The Guardian

The cast for Someone Who'll Watch Over Me in London features Jonny Lee Miller as 'Adam' the American doctor, Aidan Gillen as 'Edward' the Irish journalist and David Threlfall as 'Michael' the British academic. It is directed by Dominic Dromgoole with designs by Anthony Lamble, lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Fergus O'Hare.

"Humorous and heart-breaking... Superlatively cast and beautifully paced" The Independent

"Unless you have particularly exotic tastes, watching three men chained to radiators all evening doesn't sound like a thrill-packed night out. Fortunately, Dominic Dromgoole's revival of Frank McGuinness's 1992 play Someone Who'll Watch Over Me quickly destroys that misapprehension. It is an unfettered exploration of the human spirit as it endures in the least promising circumstances... The performances are as warm-blooded as the writing: gentle, tender, full of love and anger." The Sunday Times

"Terrific and imaginative... A beautifully nuanced revival" The London Evening Standard

"Director Dominic Dromgoole has gathered together a crack trio... One might argue that, since 9/11, the close alliance McGuinness depicts between the US and Ireland, versus England, needs some updating. It can also look artificial, with the trio taking distinctly theatrical turns. But this has the structure of musical themes and variations, too. Miller is poignantly gentle... Gillen is on superb form... [Threlfall] becomes a pricelessly funny pedant and then a man of remarkable, dignified resilience." The Independent on Sunday

"Haunting and brilliant... This marvellous revival has the hallmark of great artistry" The Daily Telegraph

"Dominic Dromgoole's intense production couldn't boast finer performances: Jonny Lee Miller has an almost saintly quality of innocence and incorruptibility... Aiden Gillen is a gutsy, garrulous Irishman... Best of all is David Threlfall as the widowed, plummy, precious Englishman... With nowhere to hide and tortured by boredom and the terror of imminent death, this sharply contrasting trio try to kill time. They play games, shoot imaginary movies, 'write' letters to loved ones out loud, talk about their fathers, mothers and wives, bicker horribly and reveal themselves not only to one another but to themselves. They begin the play as stereotypes - they end it as fully rounded individuals we know and love for their weaknesses and their strengths." The Mail on Sunday

"Dominic Dromgoole's production - three stars in a cell - isn't remotely harrowing. Its success is as a male-bonding comedy... It's a tribute to the skill of three actors that for swathes of time you can simply become absorbed in their banter. Jonny Lee Miller doesn't have enough to do as the Bible-reading American, but he does his blankness so well that you long for him to be given an invigorating role; Aiden Gillen is darting, insulting, persuasive. And David Threlfall, as the Englishman, is extraordinarily inventive and infinitely touching: watch him pretending to be Virginia Wade; watch him being a lecturer on Anglo-Saxon poetry; watch him floundering alone with himself." The Observer

"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me is set in a cell in Lebanon, where three men are being held hostage, each chained to the wall: Adam, Edward and Michael. Order them backwards, and they're the setup for a joke: an Englishman, an Irishman and an American - and there are funny moments, most supplied by Threlfall, who gives a comedian's performance as the twitchy academic, Michael... Frank McGuinness's play illustrates, but doesn't illuminate, the mens plight: you're thoroughly sympathetic and engaged, but I'm not sure to what end - other than to show how much we all need human comfort, which is undeniable, and perhaps does need reinforcing in these Guantanamo days." The Sunday Telegraph

The original production of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me was staged at The Hampstead Theatre in 1992 before it transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for a seven week run from September to October 1992.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me in London at the Ambassadors Theatre previewed from 13 April 2005, opened on 19 April 2005 and closed on 18 June 2005.