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TWELVE ANGRY MEN: Tom Conti to replace Martin Shaw in courtroom thriller

March 13, 2014 

Award-winning British actor Tom Conti is to join the cast of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre.

The Olivier, Tony and Variety Award Winner, who has also been nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe, will star as juror number 8 in Twelve Angry Men, joining the cast from 31 March 2014.

In the role made famous by Henry Fonda in the movie version of Twelve Angry Men, Tom Conti will take over from current star Martin Shaw.

Due to critical acclaim and popular demand Twelve Angry Men has extended its run at the Garrick Theatre and will now close on 14 June 2014.

Tom Conti will join Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in the production directed by Christopher Haydon.

Tom Conti is one of the most respected and celebrated actors of his generation. Unforgettable as the leading man in hit films such as Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Shirley Valentine he has also appeared as a myriad of different characters on both the big and small screens as well as on stage. Recent movies include The Dark Knight Rises and Street Dance. Awards include an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his stage performance in Whose Life is it Anyway? and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Reuben Reuben. He and Dame Judi Dench were recently jointly voted the Most Popular Actors in the West End in the last 25 years.

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TWELVE ANGRY MEN: Classic play extends run at Garrick Theatre

January 28, 2014 

Bill Kenwright’s production of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre is to extend its run until 14 June 2014.

Based on the classic movie, the courtroom thriller stars Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn.

The show has garnered some great press reviews including four stars from the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, FT and Express, and continues to do good business at the Garrick Theatre for Bill Kenwright.

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Photos: Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre

November 11, 2013 

Production photos of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre.

Martin Shaw in Twelve Angry Men, Photo: Roy Tan

Martin Shaw in Twelve Angry Men, Photo: Roy Tan

An all-star cast are brought together in this revival of classic novel and movie Twelve Angry Men,

Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn star as jurors who have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax…

This new production of Twelve Angry Men brings to the stage the taut brilliance of the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film which was produced by and starred Henry Fonda, and is considered to be one of the great ‘must-see’ movies of all time.

Photos by Roy Tan.

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MARTIN SHAW in Twelve Angry Men

September 12, 2013 

Martin Shaw stars in Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre in London.

MARTIN SHAW, starring in TWELVE ANGRY MENMartin Shaw’s recent West End credits include The Country Girl and A Man for All Seasons. Other credits include Look Back in Anger (Royal Court/Criterion Theatre), Saturday, Sunday, Monday (National Theatre) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Piccadilly Theatre).

On screen Martin Shaw is best known for starring in Judge John Deed, as Inspector George Gently, and for his role in the TV series The Professionals.

Martin Shaw stars in Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre in London.

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Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre starring Tom Conti

May 12, 2013 

Reginald Rose’s classic drama Twelve Angry Men comes to the Garrick Theatre in London starring Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey and Robert Vaughn.

Classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men is now playing at the Garrick Theatre in the West End. The much-loved drama, which was famously turned into a movie starring Henry Fonda, features an all-star cast including Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Jeff Fahey (Lost)  and Robert Vaughn (Hustle).

Other cast include William Gaminara, Luke Shaw, David Calvitto, Paul Antony-Barber, Edward Franklin, Andrew Frame, Sean Power, Chistopher Ettridge, Robert Duncan and Jon Carver

12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose is directed by Christopher Haydon and produced by Bill Kenwright.

THE STORY

The play centres on the deliberations of a jury of twelve men during a homicide trial as they consider whether a young man murdered his father in cold blood. They start with a near unanimous verdict of guilty in a case that clearly seems open and shut. But one single dissenter sows a seed of reasonable doubt and plants this in the minds of the rest of the jury as the play builds to a nail-biting climax.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “REGINALD ROSE’S CRACKING COURTROOM DRAMA HAS TO BE THE CLASSIEST MOST INTELLIGENT NOW PLAYING IN THE WEST END” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ “THE TERRIFIC ENSEMBLE CAST ARE DYNAMIC AND DISTINCT” The Times
★★★★ “PERFECTION… EXQUISITELY DESIGNED… LIVES IN THE MIND LONG AFTER THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “AS POWERFULLY RIVETING AS EVER… IT IS BOTH GRIPPING AND MOVING” Financial Times
★★★★ “IT’S A TRIUMPH” Daily Mail
★★★★ “ELECTRIC. INCISIVE AND SLICK – A FINE SPECTACLE” Daily Mail
★★★★ “THIS GRIPPING MEDITATION REMAINS THE CLASSIC EXPRESSION OF LIBERAL HUMANITY” Daily Express

The Country Girl – Reviews Round-up

October 19, 2010 

Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw reunite onstage in Clifford Odets’s The Country Girl at the Apollo Theatre, following their onscreen roles in Judge John Deed.

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove

The Country Girl is the powerful story of washed-up actor Frank Elgin, a desperate and demanding alcoholic who is offered a comeback chance to star in the next Broadway play by hotshot director Bernie Dodd. Believing the actor’s long-suffering wife Georgie is the reason for his decline, Bernie strikes up a stormy relationship with her – but in 1950s New York how far will a woman go to redeem the man she loves?

The play is directed by Rufus Norris (Festen, Cabaret).

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The Country Girl: Save on tickets

October 11, 2010 

Save £9.50 on tickets to see Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove in The Country Girl at the Apollo Theatre in London

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove in The Country Girl

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove in The Country Girl

Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw reunite onstage in Clifford Odets’s The Country Girl, following their onscreen roles in Judge John Deed.

The Country Girl is the powerful story of washed-up actor Frank Elgin, a desperate and demanding alcoholic who is offered a comeback chance to star in the next Broadway play by hotshot director Bernie Dodd. Believing the actor’s long-suffering wife Georgie is the reason for his decline, Bernie strikes up a stormy relationship with her – but in 1950s New York how far will a woman go to redeem the man she loves?

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove, stars of the multi-award-winning BBC drama Judge John Deed, are reunited to appear on stage together for the very first time. The play is directed by Rufus Norris (Festen, Cabaret).

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Opening this week: Onassis, Flashdance

October 11, 2010 

This week’s West End openings range from classic American drama to modern Greek tragedy, with Pittsburgh flashdancing and West End blues thrown in. Plus the 80th birthday of a Wicked West End theatre.

THE COUNTRY GIRL

The Country GirlOpening tonight, Monday 11 October, at the Apollo Theatre is Clifford Odets’s classic drama The Country Girl, about a once-great theatre star who is given the chance to make a major comeback.

Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw reunite on stage after their onscreen appearance in Judge John Deed to star in the show.

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ONASSIS

On Tuesday 12 October at the Novello Theatre Robert Lindsay opens in Onassis, playing controversial Greek tycoon Aristotle in Martin Sherman’s new play. Based on the last years of this life, this powerful drama reveals his passionate and interwoven relationships with Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, and his son Alexandros. Stand-out supporting performances come from Anna Francolini as Callas and Lydia Leonard as Jackie.

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FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL

Flashdance The MusicalDespite technical problems with the rain machine that postponed the start of previews, Flashdance the Musical is set for a trouble-free first night on Thursday 14 October at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Based on the 80s movie about an 18 year old girl from Pittsburgh who is a welder by day and a ‘flashdancer” by night, the musical features the star of the UK tour, Victoria Hamilton Barritt, and former Busted boyband member Matt Willis. Grease producer David Ian is the man behind the show, with direction by Nikolai Foster and choreography by the ubiquitous Arlene Phillips. The show’s well-known score includes Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria and the Academy Award winning title song Flashdance – What a Feeling. Ten original songs have also been created for the musical.

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Thursday also sees the opening night for the new venture at the King’s Head pub theatre in Islington: London’s Little Opera House opens with a new version of The Barber of Seville, directed by Robin Norton-Hale. Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher is promising an exciting season of opera on a small scale including Madame Butterfly as a Bangkok lady-boy.

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THE MUSIC OF THE BLUES BROTHERS – A TRIBUTE

Finally, on Friday 15 October Hartshorn – Hook Productions presents ‘The Music of the Blues Brothers – a Tribute’, the most electric rock’n’roll party of the year. Following spectacular success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer with a month of sell-out shows and 5-star reviews, this raucous live tribute show is now rolling into London. This Tribute is directed by the award-winning Patrick Wilde and is backed by the tightest rhythm and blues band in the city. We tear through the best in American Blues, Soul and Rock’n’Roll classics including Gimme Some Lovin, Think, Minnie The Moocher, Sweet Home Chicago, and Jailhouse Rock. So dig out your sunglasses and get ready to shake your tail feather because this supercharged high-octane Tribute is about to take London by storm.

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APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE

Apollo Victoria TheatreFriday also sees the 80th birthday of the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Celebrations have included an all-star charity gala yesterday, Sunday 10 October, featuring the cast of the venue’s current show, Wicked, and past productions including Starlight Express. The Apollo Victoria forms part of a historic year for West End theatres, with a number of venues celebrating their 80th anniversaries this year.

Designed by E. Wamsley Lewis and W E Trent, the Apollo Victoria originally opened as a cinema on 15 October 1930 showing George Arlis movie “Old English”.


The Country Girl

August 9, 2010 

Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw star in Clifford Odets’s The Country Girl, about a once-great theatre star who is given the chance to make a major comeback.

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