Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colours Extends Royal Court Run Prior to Opening

News   Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colours Extends Royal Court Run Prior to Opening
The world-premiere run of Wallace Shawn's Grasses of A Thousand Colours, which begins performances May 12 prior to an official opening May 18 at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, has been extended by two weeks to June 27.

The extension is due to what a press statement has called "an unprecented demand for tickets," with the production already surpassing advance sales figures for any play in the Theatre Upstairs, a record previously held by Polly Stenham's Tusk Tusk.

The playwright's first new play in over a decade, it is being presented as part of the theatre's Wallace Shawn season, which also includes full productions of his plays The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, and a series of readings and screenings of Shawn's work for stage and screen. Shawn's long-term collaborator André Gregory directs a cast that includes Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson, Jennifer Tilly, Emily McDonnell and Shawn himself.

The play is described in press materials as "an extreme, disturbing, and funny vision of the embattled relationship between man and beast." According to the theatre's website, the play's running time is three hours and 20 minutes. It is being produced in association with New York's The New Group.

Shawn's stage plays include Four Meals in May, The Old Man, The Hotel Play, The Family Play, The Hospital Play, Our Late Night, A Thought In Three Parts, Marie and Bruce, The Designated Mourner and Aunt Dan and Lemon. Many of his works have received their British premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, including Marie and Bruce, The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, and some theatrical performances of his film My Dinner With André were given at the Royal Court before filming began.

To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7565 5000 or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.

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