Big screen success Shawshank hits the stage
PUBLISHED: 11:11 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:11 17 September 2015
A STAGE adaptation of one of the most iconic films of the 20th century is coming to Bath's Theatre Royal this month.
Acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster The Shawshank Redemption – which tops the IMDB ‘Top 250 Movies’ list – was been adapted for the stage by Owen O’Neill and was revived for the 2013 Edinburgh Festival.
The show, starring Ian Kelsey as Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins in the film) and Patrick Robinson as Ellis ‘Red’ Redding (formerly played by Morgan Freeman) celebrates the 21st anniversary of the film, which was based on a novel by Stephen King.
It tells the story of banker Andy, who is handed a double life-sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, despite protesting his innocence. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank penitentiary, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red but when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is soon hatched to bust out of Shawshank forever.
The Shawshank Redemption tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21st September to Saturday 26th September. Tickets, priced £19.50-£33.50 are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk.