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Opened 6 November 2006, Closed 11 November 2006 at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End
Following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, Charles Ross bring his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to London for a strictly limited one week season.
A one-hour, high energy, nonstop blast through the first three Star Wars films. The catch is, there's only one cast member. Canadian actor Charles Ross spent much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over - and over - and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious show, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes.
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is written and performed by Charles Ross and directed by TJ Dawe. The prodcution has toured the world since January 2001 and Star Wars creator LucasFilms loved the show so much, they hired him to promote Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Whether you're a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced, side-splitting evening thats out of this world, make sure you dont miss this show.
"His ploy is to act his way through as many of the key moments of the first trilogy - episodes four to six, if we must - as he can. Dressed in a black jumpsuit, he flits between all the characters, throwing himself around the stage with fabulous vitality. What he doesn't do is tell the story very clearly. Oh, it's all in there, if you've got all the reference points. But if like me you're fond of the films rather than fanatical about them, you may find you can't see the wood for the trees... I'd love him to induldge in more moments that step outside the story - 'Leia's my sister?!'; 'Well, she's the only woman in the movie' - but the amount of information he wants to pack in leaves little time to upgrade from pastiche to parody. Still, to judge by the happy audience reaction, Star Wars mavens find lots of love in Ross's energetic encapsulation." The Times
"How can one man - Canadian actor Charles Ross - possibly hope to condense seven-odd hours of George Lucas's twinkling, high-tech universe into just 60 minutes, and perform them equipped with only a microphone, and without a single solid or sonic prop? And, for that matter, how dare he even consider tinkering with three such majestic and fondly remembered movies? Just minutes into the show, however, realisation dawns: he's going to carry it off, and with brio... How perfectly Ross nails everyone's physical tics - and when he does hit exactly the right impersonatory note, it's a joy. His R2-D2, Chewbacca and Jabba the Hutt are quite brilliant, and, in a very funny piece of observation, Luke comes across less as a Jedi master than as a bit of a twit. For devotees of the series, what this theatrical tour de force does, above all, is make you realise how many thousands of moments from these films (complete with incidental music) are embedded in the psyche - it really is quite astonishing." The Daily Telegraph (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
The original Star Wars film was released in 1977 and featured Mark Hamill as 'Luke Skywalker', Harrison Ford as 'Han Solo', Carrie Fisher as 'Princess Leia Organa', Peter Cushing as 'Grand Moff Tarkin' Alex Guiness as 'Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi', Anthony Daniels as 'C-3PO', Kenny Baker as 'R2-D2', Peter Mayhew as 'Chewbacca' and Dave Prowse as 'Darth Vadar' with voice of 'Darth Vadad' by James Earl Jones. It was directed by George Lucas. This original Star Wars film was renamed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and was re-released in 1997 with re-mixed sound, some scenes improved with digital technology and some footage added. The second film released was The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. The cast once again featured Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. This movie was renamed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The third film was released in 1983 under the title Return of the Jedi which once again re-united Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. This film was renamed Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. These three films made up the original Star Wars Trilogy.
In 1999 a new Star Wars Trilogy was started. This trilogy covered the events leading up to the original 1977 movie. The first, released in 1999 was called Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace and featured Liam Neeson as 'Qui-Gon Jinn, Ewan McGregor as 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', Natalie Portman as 'Queen Amidala / Padme' and Jake Lloyd as 'Anakin Skywalker'. The second was released in 2002 under the title Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones which again featured Ewan McGregor as 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and Natalie Portman as 'Padme Amidala' along with Hayden Christensen as 'Anakin Skywalker'. The third, and final, movie, Star Wars Epsidoe III - Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005 and reunited Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen.
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy in London at the Garrick Theatre opened on 6 November 2006 and closed on 11 November 2006.