Old Vic World Premiere of All About My Mother, Based on Almodóvar Film, Begins Aug. 27

News   Old Vic World Premiere of All About My Mother, Based on Almodóvar Film, Begins Aug. 27 London's Old Vic begins previewing the world premiere stage version of Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother, starring Lesley Manville and Diana Rigg, on Aug. 27.
Diana Rigg and Lesley Manville
Diana Rigg and Lesley Manville

Samuel Adamson's adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie officially opens on Sept. 4.

The cast also includes Mark Gatiss (Art and the BBC's "League of Gentlemen"); Joanne Froggatt (best known for her television roles in "Coronation Street" and "See No Evil"); Colin Morgan ("Vernon God Little"); Charlotte Randle (Don Carlos) and Eleanor Bron (The Miser, The White Devil, The Cherry Orchard, all for the National).

Manville plays Manuela who, following the tragic death of her beloved teenage son Esteban (Morgan), travels to Barcelona in search of the father she never knew. But before she can exorcise her guilt, she gets caught up in the lives of three women; Agrado (Gatiss), a long-lost transvestite friend; Sister Rosa (Froggatt), a young nun in search of love; and Huma Rojo (Rigg), the famous actress her son so admired. Just as Manuela's life begins to have meaning again, her son's father returns and her journey of discovery and forgiveness comes full circle.

The play kicks off an eye-catching 2007-08 season for Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic, which includes the actor-artistic director's return to the stage next year in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow.

Spacey has, however, yet to announce a replacement for Sam Mendes' production of Hamlet and The Tempest which were cancelled as a result of actor Stephen Dillane pulling out because of family illness. Directed by Tom Cairns (Aristocrats, Phaedre), All About My Mother sees Rigg return to the Old Vic stage where, as part of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company in the '70s, her credits included The Misanthrope, Macbeth and Jumpers. More recently Rigg's Medea won a Best Actress Tony Award while other acclaimed performances include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Humble Boy, Suddenly Last Last Summer and most recently Honour.

Often cast by Mike Leigh in his films, Manville's stage credits include His Dark Materials, Pillars of the Community and The Alchemist, all for the National.

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