Primo — with Antony Sher — to Air on PBS in April

News   Primo — with Antony Sher — to Air on PBS in April Primo, the acclaimed one-man play written by and starring South African actor Sir Antony Sher, will be broadcast on PBS stations around the country in April.

Antony Sher in Primo
Antony Sher in Primo

The "Great Performances" presentation is scheduled for broadcast April 24, according to the official PBS website.

Primo, directed by Richard Wilson, features Antony Sher as Italian chemist and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. The play is based on Levi's 1947 memoir that chronicles the time he spent in a concentration camp during the final year of World War II.

Primo was a hit at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2004, subsequently playing Cape Town, South Africa, before returning to London at the Hampstead Theatre. The production, starring Sher, opened on Broadway in July 2005.

The piece plays 90 intermissionless minutes and features Sher in plain clothes as a postwar Levi directly telling the audience of his horrific life in the Nazi death camp. Sher was the first person given permission by the Levi estate to adapt the late author's work, "If This Is a Man," for the stage.

The creative team for Primo comprised Hildegard Bechtler (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Rich Walsh (sound design) and Jonathan Goldstein (music).

Antony Sher received Olivier Awards for his performances in the London productions of Torch Song Trilogy and Stanley and an Evening Standard Award for his work in Richard III. His numerous theatrical credits also include roles in John Paul George Ringo and Bert, The Glad Hand, Prayer for My Daughter, Cloud Nine, Goosepimples, King Lear, Moliere, Tartuffe, Maydays, Red Noses, The Merchant of Venice, The Revenger's Tragedy, Hello and Goodbye, Singer, Tamburlaine the Great, Travesties, True West, The Trial, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Uncle Vanya and Titus Andronicus.

Sher made his Broadway debut in 1997 in Stanley, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance.

For more information visit www.pbs.org.

Antony Sher in <i>Primo</i>
Antony Sher in Primo
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