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It is directed by Thea Sharrock, with designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Adrian Johnston and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. It is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Richard Willis.
Also in the cast are Rebecca Blackstone, Nick Blakeley, Peter Cadden, Johnnie Fiori, Adam Levy and William Maxwell.
In the play, "kings of comedy, Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis (Griffiths), aka The Sunshine Boys, haven’t spoken to each other in years. When CBS call for the vaudevillian greats to be re-united for a nostalgic History of Comedy, past grudges resurface as they take centre stage once more. Ageing ailments aside, can this legendary double-act overcome their differences for one last show?"
DeVito, who is making his West End stage debut in the play, won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy award for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the TV comedy series "Taxi," a role he played for five years. Film credits include Martini in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," a role he also played on stage, "Terms of Endearment," "Romancing the Stone," "The Jewel of the Nile," "Junior," "Twins" and "Ruthless People." He appeared as the Penguin opposite Michael Keaton's Batman in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns." As a film director, his credits include "Matilda," "The War of the Roses" and "Hoffa." This fall he returns as Frank Reynolds in the eighth season of the cult comedy, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
The Sunshine Boys was first produced on Broadway in 1972 and was later adapted for film and television. Sam Levene and Jack Albertson played Lewis and Clark in the stage premiere directed by Alan Arkin. Neil Simon's 1975 Academy award-winning film adaptation starred George Burns as Lewis and Walter Matthau as Clark and was directed by Herbert Ross. Woody Allen and Peter Falk played the vaudevillian pair in the television version, directed by John Erman.
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