THE NATION’S FAVOURITE MOVIE

FEAR WILL HOLD YOU PRISONER

HOPE CAN SET YOU FREE

Bill Kenwright presents a new stage production inspired by the classic film

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Based on the short novel by Stephen King

Adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns

Directed by David Esbjornson

Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, the play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The 1994 feature film, regularly voted Britain’s favourite ever movie, starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

PAUL NICHOLLS (Andy Dufresne) burst onto our screens two decades ago as teenage heart-throb Joe Wicks in BBC’s EastEnders. Since then, Nicholls has barely been away from primetime TV drama, featuring most recently in the critically acclaimed The C-Word and Grantchester. BEN ONWUKWE (Red) boasts a 30 year stage career having played leading roles with The RSC and the Royal Court Theatre. Television credits include EastEnders, Coronation Street and eleven years as Recall McKenzie in London’s Burning. Keeping them in line, is JACK ELLIS (Warden Stammas) who, in addition to his prestigious stage career, is best-known for his portrayal of villainous prison warden Jim Fenner in popular ITV drama Bad Girls, and as DI Tony Muddyman in Prime Suspect, where he starred alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

29 Aug – 3 Sep Theatre Royal Windsor 01753 853888 Book online
5 – 10 Sep The Lowry Salford Quays 0843 208 6000 Book online
12 – 17 Sep The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury 01227 787787 Book online
19 – 24 Sep Weston Super Mare Playhouse 01934 645544 Book online
27 Sept – 1 Oct Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 01902 429212 Book online
3 – 8 Oct Leicester Curve 0116 242 3595 Book online
10 – 15 Oct The Hawth Crawley 01293 553636 Book online
17 – 22 Oct Mayflower Theatre Southampton 023 8071 1811 Book online
24 - 29 Oct Derby Theatre 01332 59 39 39 Book online
31 Oct – 5 Nov Bromley Churchill 020 3285 6000 Book online
7 - 12 Nov New Theatre Oxford 0844 871 3020 Book online
14 – 19 Nov Blackpool Opera House 01253 625252 Book online
21 – 26 Nov Theatre Royal Glasgow 0844 871 7627 Book online
28 Nov – 3 Dec Crucible Lyceum Sheffield 0114 249 6000 Book online
5 – 10 Dec Cliffs Pavilion Palace Theatre Southend 01702 351135 Book online

CAST & CREATIVES

CAST
Andy Dufresne PAUL NICHOLLS
Ellis ‘Red’ Redding BEN ONWUKWE
Warden Stammas JACK ELLIS
Rooksie ANDREW BOYER
Tommy Williams NICHOLAS BANKS
Bogs Diamond JEFF ALEXANDER
Entwhistle OLIVER STONEY
Bryan Hadley DANIEL STEWART
Rooster SEAN CROKE
Rico ADAM HENDERSON SCOTT
Dawkins SCOTT WRIGHT
CREATIVES
Director David Esbjornson
Design Gary McCann
Lighting Design Chris Davey
Sound Design Dan Samson

REVIEWS

“THIS IS A MUST-SEE!” Sunday Mirror

“ELECTRIFYING” The Observer

★★★★ Birmingham Mail

★★★★ The Herald

★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

★★★★ The Chronicle

★★★★ Gloucestershire Echo