It’s not the famous musical, but the new play My Darlin’ Janey by Douglas Squires. The world premiere will take place at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre Oct. 26, with an official opening Nov. 1.
The play aims to tell the true story of Jane, who lived between 1848 and 1903 but whose life has been distorted by the outrageous lies she used to spread. It’s known that she had a love affair with Bill Hickock and they produced a daughter, Janey. She gave up the daughter for adoption but kept a diary of letters which her “darlin’ Janey” could one day read. This play is based on those letters, which are now kept in the Wonderland Museum, Billings, Montana.
Hall’s previous stage turns have included Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate and appearances in The Vagina Monologues, Picasso’s Women and The Play What I Wrote. She recently appeared in the Merchant Ivory movie “Dr. Rey.”
Lucy Skilbeck, whose resume includes associate director for Bombay Dreams in New York and resident director for that show and for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game in London, will direct. Nigel Hook will design, with costumes by Antony Johns, lighting by David Howe and sound by Scott Myers (Myers has recently sound-designed the Public Theater's Richard III, starring Peter Dinklage). Barbara Ferris and Caroline Smith produce.
Echoing the current West End staging of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Christian Slater, this show has seen a change of director. Skilbeck has stepped in after the departure of Angela Richards, who (according to a press release) has departed because of “artistic differences.” For more information, call (0)20 7226 1916.