Bette & Joan world premiere at Arts Theatre with Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi

The world premiere of a new play based on the long-running feud between Hollywood movie stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is to come to London this Spring.

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Bette & Joan by Anton Burge will star Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi as the famous movie icons, at the Arts Theatre from 5 May to 25 June 2011. The show will be directed by Bill Alexander, whose credits include the RSC, National Theatre and annual West End Christmas show The Snowman.

Anton Burge is returning to a subject he covered in 2008 with his first play Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?, which starred Paula Wilcox as Bette Davis at the New End Theatre.

Bette & Joan is set during the making of their 1961 movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and revisits their infamous fifty-year feud.

A Radio 4 play, Bette and Joan and Baby Jane, ran last year starring Catherine Tate and written by Tracy-Ann Oberman and also told the story of the making of  Baby Jane and of the origins of their deep seated hatred.

The play forms part of a new season at the Arts, with other shows including Park Avenue Cat by Frank Strausser, directed by Glen Watford. Current shows at the venue include Woody Sez, which ends its run this Saturday, 2 April 2011, and A Guide to Sexual Misery starring Wolfgang Weinberger.

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