The nation’s favourite film becomes an acclaimed stage event
Bill Kenwright presents The Shawshank Redemption, based on the short novel by Stephen King and starring Joe Absolom as Andy Dufresne and Ben Onwukwe as Ellis ‘Red’ Redding.
Despite protesting his innocence, Andy Dufresne is given a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Imprisoned at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy begins an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight upward turn. However, when Warden Stammas starts to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…
Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, this thrilling stage production deals with themes of desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The 1994 feature film adaptation starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Joe Absolom’s impressive TV career has barely seen him off our screens in 25 years: from Matthew Rose in EastEnders to Al Large in Doc Martin, Christopher Halliwell in A Confession and Andy Warren in The Bay. Ben Onwukwe boasts a 30-year stage career including starring roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court, as well as eleven years on TV as Recall McKenzie in London’s Burning and, more recently, as Jackson Donckers in Professor T.
Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 September (performance scheduled for 19 September has been cancelled)
Evenings at 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm