Preview: Shawshank Redemption

Jade Holroyd previews the stage adaptation of the classic film, Shawshank Redemption.

Jade Holroyd
19th October 2015

SHOWING ON: 19th - 24th October 2015 @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle

This week Theatre Royal is set to show Bill Kenwright’s new stage adaptation of the all-time classic film, The Shawshank Redemption. Based on the short story by Stephan King, this stage version of The Shawshank Redemption has been created by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, and directed by David Esbjornson.

The production tells the exhilarating story of Andy Dufresne, an inmate at the infamous Shawshank confinement. Andy has been charged with a double life sentence for the ruthless murder of his wife and her lover – a crime Andy insists he did not commit. As Andy soon discovers, life at Shawshank is not easy; however his struggle is slightly eased by the somewhat surprising companionship he develops with the prison’s fixer, Red. Formerly a banker, Andy has a natural flair for accountancy and once this is discovered by one of the wardens, Andy experiences one problem after another. In his desperation, Andy is forced to devise a master plan in attempt to regain both his pride and his freedom.

"although he's dedicated most of his career to tv, robinson is not new to the stage"

Leading the cast and performing the roles of Andy and Red (played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the original film) are TV regulars Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson. Although he’s dedicated most of his career to TV Robinson is not new to the stage, with his past work including leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End.

With such a strong cast and story line combined, The Shawshank Redemption promises to be transfixing - whether you’re a theatre goer or a film lover, I definitely think this production is worth a watch!

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