Following it’s hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Shawshank Redemption will open at The Gaiety Theatre this September for 5 performances only over 3 days, Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2013. Tickets from €24.50 including booking fee go on sale this Friday 23 August at 9am sharp from usual outlets. Book early to avoid disappointment.
It was one of the hottest tickets at this years’ Edinburgh Fringe and brings together a sizzling fusion of both seasoned stage actors and well-known stand up comedians, directed by the acclaimed Lucy Pitman Wallace (ex RSC). This production with its six-figure budget will make full use of The Gaiety Theatre with stunning sets recreating the prison environment.
This witty and poignant new adaptation of the Stephen King classic story follows in the tradition of major fringe theatrical productions of Hollywood favourites like "12 Angry Men" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".
Top stand-up Omid Djalili, who has also appeared in Hollywood films such as The Mummy and Sex In the City 2, will perform the role of ‘Red’, and ‘Andy’ is being played by US actor Kyle Secor, best known for playing Tim Bayliss in Homicide:Life On The Street, First Gentleman Rod Calloway with Geena Davis in Commander in Chief and more recently in The Mentalist and Private Practice. Ian Lavender made his first ever Fringe outing as ‘Brooksie’. The rest of the cast comprises Owen O’Neill, Steven McNicoll, Vincenzo Nicoli, Terry Alderton, Dave Johns, Joe Rooney and Jack Monaghan.
King’s novella, Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption, was published as part of an anthology in 1982. The film starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman was released in 1995 and was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It regularly appears in favourite film polls.
When Andy Dufresne was thirty years old he was given two life sentences for the murder of his wife and her lover; a crime of which he was innocent. How could this quietly spoken bespectacled middle class banker hope to endure the Shawshank Penitentiary? Gregory Stammas is the most corrupt Warden in the American prison system, his cruel regime carried out by Bryan Hadley, a psychopathic violent prison guard who turns a blind eye when Andy is repeatedly beaten and sexually abused by the ’Sisters’? Andy manages not only to survive all of this, but in a subtle clever way coupled with steely determination, exacts his revenge on those who have tried to destroy him and gives hope to those who believed in him. The Shawshank Redemption is the powerful uplifting story of one man’s incredible self belief, indomitable spirit and long struggle for freedom. As Andy says, “you have two options - get busy living or get busy dying”.
The play will be directed by award winning Lucy Pitman Wallace, with stage and costume design by Gary McCann and lighting design by Kevin Treacy. The play is produced by Assembly Rooms Fringe.