Lisa Kron's Well Succeeds Rain Man at London's Apollo Theatre Starting Dec. 29

News   Lisa Kron's Well Succeeds Rain Man at London's Apollo Theatre Starting Dec. 29 Lisa Kron's autobiographical play Well, first seen at New York's Public Theater in 2004 and subsequently at Broadway's Longacre Theatre for a brief run in 2006, makes a return to the West End beginning Dec. 29.
Well playwright-star Lisa Kron.
Well playwright-star Lisa Kron. Photo by Joan Marcus

After receiving its European premiere in a short run in the Studio 2 space of Trafalgar Studios in September, Well is being revived for a second run of 32 performances only at Shaftesbury Avenue's Apollo Theatre. The production will officially open Dec. 30 for a run to Jan. 24, 2009. It succeeds the recent production of Rain Man, starring Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley, that closed Dec. 20.

The original stars of the Trafalgar Studios run, BBC comedy star Natalie Casey and international film icon Sarah Miles, are re-creating their performances for the new run of Well.

Casey (best known for her TV appearances in "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps" and seen onstage in the stage version of Fame, the U.K. tour of The Wedding Singer and Hobson's Choice at Newbury's Watermill Theatre) plays the role originally played by the author herself: New York performance artist, Lisa, who was sick and then she got well. Her neighborhood, too, was sick, then it got well. "It's as simple as that – or is it?" asks press notes. Miles, who made her film debut in 1962 as a schoolgirl in "Terms of Trial" opposite Laurence Olivier, and subsequently appeared in such classics as Joseph Losey's "The Servant" and Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blowup," before being Oscar-nominated for Best Actress for her performance in David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter," plays the role of her strong-willed but weak-bodied mother Ann Kron.

Also in the cast is Oliver Chris, best-known for his roles in the TV comedies "The Office" and "Green Wing," as well as productions of The Taming of the Shrew (Wilton's Music Hall) and Peter Hall's productoin of Portrait of a Lady (Bath Theatre Royal).

Well is directed by Eve Leigh, whose debut production of The Dybbuk was seen at the King's Head in January 2008. Helen Goddard, who won the 2007 Linbury Prize and whose credits include The Masque of the Red Death at BAC and Let There Be Love at the Tricycle, designs. Well is produced by Henry Filloux-Bennett, Stephen Makin and The Fish Partnership, all up-n-coming independent producers making their West End debuts.

To book tickets contact the box office at 0844 412 4658 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

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