Playwright Arnold Wesker's 80th Birthday to Be Marked by Season at London's King's Head

News   Playwright Arnold Wesker's 80th Birthday to Be Marked by Season at London's King's Head
 
Arnold Wesker, the veteran playwright best known for such works as Chicken Soup with Barley (revived at the Royal Court last year), Roots and I'm Talking About Jerusalem, is to have his 80th birthday marked with a season of work at London's King's Head Theatre.

The London premiere of his 1997 play Denial, about false memory syndrome, will open the season, beginning performances May 15 prior to an official opening May 18, for a run in rep through June 9; it will be joined by the first London revival of his rarely staged opera Caritas, written with Robert Saxton and originally commissioned by Opera North for the Huddersfield Opera Festival in 1991, beginning performances May 20, prior to an official opening May 22, for a run in rep through June 10. In April 2013, the season will culminate with the world premiere of The Wesker Trilogy: Revisited, a stage adaptation of an unproduced film script based on his famous trilogy of plays Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots & I'm Talking About Jerusalem, adapted for the stage by Rachel Grunwald and King's Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

In a press statement, Wesker commented, "It is gratifying when anybody wants to do something of one's work and I'm flattered that productions of little known works will be staged in London to mark my 80th birthday. I don't know what people will think about the way three well known plays have been edited in The Wesker Trilogy: Revisited and I'm intrigued to find out. I adapted the plays as a film script that was ultimately never produced. Perhaps the King's Head Theatre production will finally lead to that film being made. I'm particularly happy that Caritas is being produced - I am passionate about music and was delighted when Robert Saxton wanted to make a opera out of my play. It’s only previously had a solo performance in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7478 0160, or visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com for more details.

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