AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Fri 23 - Thu 29 Apr
Lane Productions presents
The Shawshank Redemption
By Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns
Based on the novella by Stephen King
Directed by Peter SheridanFollowing its very successful season at the Gaiety Theatre, where it received an almost unbroken run of standing ovations, and a premiere in London’s West End, The Shawshank Redemption will visit Cork Opera House for one week only.
This unforgettable story of courage, friendship and of daring to hope is based on the novella‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ by Stephen King which also inspired the award-winning film.
Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, and is sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison to serve two life sentences. Stripped of his family and his freedom, Andy is forced to endure a spirit-crushing routine. But with his quiet strength and inner courage there is one thing that Andy never loses – and that is hope.
The versatile actor and Tony nominee, Kevin Anderson, reprises his role as Andy. Kevin made his Off-Broadway debut in Steppenwolf's Orphans and has been a member of the ensemble since 1984. His subsequent returns to the stage have been as varied as they were lauded, from the world premiere of Sunset Boulevard in London to Death of Salesman on Broadway (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award) to a heartbreaking performance in I Never Sang For My Father at Steppenwolf. Most recently he was directed by and starred alongside Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at the Wadsworth Theater in LA.
The Shawshank Redemption is produced by Breda Cashe, Donal Shiels and Pat Moylan (Lane Productions).
What critics said about the May 2009 run in The Gaiety Theatre:
'Brilliantly staged' Sunday Business Post
'...Peter Sheridan's production, is an odd yet gripping mix of brutishness and sentimentality, jailhouse melodrama and buddy play’ The Times
‘This is a gem worthy of the standing ovation’ Evening Herald
'Compelling' Daily Express
‘Peter Sheridan's direction is slick and the production design-from the sound to lighting to the stark set- is excellent and the final scene, with Red in silhouette, is particularly striking '. Metro
‘This stage version is already a phenomenon. The theatre roof is in danger of lift off, such is the deafening roar that greets every final bow.’ The Sun