Bette & Joan tickets at the Arts Theatre starring Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi

Arts Theatre, London
Booking to 25 June 2011
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The world premiere of a new play based on the long-running feud between Hollywood movie stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi.

Don’t miss this divine comedy at the Arts Theatre, London.

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Booking to 25 June 2011

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Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176

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Exclusive Photo shoot with Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi as Bette and Joan
Exclusive photo session with the stars of Bette & Joan at the Arts Theatre in London Last week in the Spectator, Lloyd Evans said that the "fascinating and hilarious show" Bette & Joan, the bio-stage play about Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, "has the makings of a cult hit". That's certainly what the producer of Bette & Joan, Ann Pinnington, is hoping. Ann told this week at an exclusive photo shoot with the two stars of the show, Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi, that a number of rival productions about the two Hollywood stars are circling London, but that she wanted her production to be the first to land. So earlier this month, the Arts Theatre got to host the world premiere of Anton Burge's new play, which tackles the long-running feud between Hollywood rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and is set in the stars' dressing rooms on the back lot of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, the 1961 cult movie they both starred in. Both Dobson and Scacchi put in extraordinary performances in the play. Scacchi's uncanny portrayal of Bette Davis goes much further than an impersonation of the infamously fiery actress, and is a surprisingly intense and emotional performance. Dobson manages to make sense of the complex, contradictory Joan Crawford, and imbues the role with an innate and skilful humour that delights from beginning to end. Whether Bette & Joan becomes a cult hit is to be seen but Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi have certainly given the play a damn good start. Bette & Joan is directed by Bill Alexander and ends its run at the Arts Theatre on 25 June 2011. Photos exclusively for by Roy Tan. Roy Tan said: "When you shoot a two-hander like Bette & Joan, especially a play about two feuding divas, you brace yourself for some diva action of your own! That wasn't the case here. Anita and Greta are clearly enjoying every minute of appearing together and had great fun on the set of the show at the Arts Theatre during the shoot. Given that I shot them between a matinee and evening performance, they were more than happy to slap on the slap, which is an especially big ask for Greta who has to transform herself during every show into Baby Jane!" LINKS SPECIAL OFFER: Book tickets to Bette & Joan More News on Bette & Joan
Ann Pinnington Productions presents the World Premiere of Bette & Joan by Anton Burge
Arts Theatre, London WC2 5th May – 25th June Renowned actresses Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi will bring to life the legendary feud between screen divas and rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the world premiere of Anton Burge’s Bette & Joan, coming to the Arts Theatre from 5th May for a seven week season. Directed by acclaimed director Bill Alexander, the production portrays the stars at low points in their careers who meet on the set of the now classic film ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, the high-risk shocker which became a surprise hit that propelled them back to stardom. It focuses on one day in the life of the screen goddesses, with an almost 30 year rivalry behind them, but who discover some surprising similarities that lead to a greater understanding of each other. It also reveals the shocking way in which women in the film business, even major stars like Davis and Crawford, were treated. Anita Dobson, probably best known for the role of Angie Watts in TV’s Eastenders, will play the legendary Joan Crawford, a glamorous, vulnerable and alcoholic star. She is joined by Greta Scacchi, who won an Emmy Award for her work as Empress Alexandra of Russia in the television film Rasputin. Greta will play great actress Bette Davis, funny, difficult but always supremely professional. Mig Kimpton, Arts Theatre Executive Director said “We are proud to host the world premiere of Bette & Joan - cast with two great theatrical talents, Greta Scacchi and Anita Dobson – an intriguing new play about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford by Anton Burge which promises to be a real insight into two of Hollywood’s greatest icons” Anita Dobson’s theatre credits include the title role in the UK tour of Hello Dolly and her 2004 award-winning performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She was last seen on stage in Tim Firth’s West End production of Calendar Girls. Greta Scacchi starred in Michael Blakemore’s West End production of Uncle Vanya and her other recent stage credits include the Peter Hall directed production of Bath Theatre Royal’s Private Lives. Film work includes Heat and Dust, The Ebony Tower, White Mischief and The Player. In 1996 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Rasputin and she was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Broken Trail in 2007. Anton Burge is an actor and writer, whose first play, Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?, also about Bette Davis, premiered in 2008 at the New End Theatre, starring Paula Wilcox. Other plays include Though I was a Wonderful Actress, No One Would Engage Me Twice, a study of the celebrated Edwardian actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell; the musical G & I~ Going into Battle with Gertrude Lawrence (New End); Fanny’s Burning, about the cookery writer Fanny Cradock and Lady Mosley’s Suite, a study of Diana Mosley’s time in Holloway prison, due to be produced in 2012. He is also at work on a biography of Bette Davis: A Life Lived in Melodrama and a book of interviews of actress’ interpretations of Queen Elizabeth I: Portraying Elizabeth. Bill Alexander is an award winning theatre director who began his career at the Bristol Old Vic, directing everything from the classics to innovative drama. He joined the RSC in 1977 and remained there as Resident and then Associate Director until 1992. He was Artistic Director of the Birmingham Rep between 1992 and 2001, when he left to pursue his freelance career. Recent freelance directing credits include Glamour (Nottingham Playhouse); The School of Night (revival - Mark Taper Forum, LA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Zurich Ballet); King Lear (RSC, starring Corin Redgrave); Mappa Mundi and Frozen (both NT). Bill’s productions have won numerous awards including Best Director at the Olivier Awards for The Merry Wives of Windsor for the RSC. Bill has also lectured extensively on Shakespeare all over the world. His production of The Snowman is performed in London's West End every year. Release issued by: Arthur Leone PR LINKS Book tickets to Bette & Joan at the Arts Theatre in London

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