Lichtenstein's Memory to Make London Premiere in the Fall

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Jonathan Lichtenstein's Memory, which premiered at Clywd Theatr Cymru in Wales in 2006 and was subsequently seen at Off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theater as part of the 2007 Brits Off-Broadway season, is finally coming to London.

Performances will begin at North London's Pleasance Theatre Sept. 30 prior to an official opening Oct. 1. The limited engagement will play through Nov. 2.

Directed by Terry Hands, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and now director and chief executive of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, the play links the events of the Holocaust with the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to press materials, "Memory is an intimate exploration of how we choose to remember events and the consequences of those choices. From a group of actors and their director in the rehearsal room, Memory takes us to East Berlin in 1990 just as the wall has come down. A young man arrives at his grandmother's house with awkward questions about the past. Meanwhile, a generation later, the Israeli security barrier is going up."

Lichtenstein has previously written four other plays — Moving the Scrolls and Human Rights for BBC Radio 4; Station, staged by Soho Theatre Company; and The Pull of Negative Gravity, seen at the Traverse in Edinburgh before an international tour.

The cast comprises five Associates of Clwyd Theatr Cymru: Ifan Huw Dafydd (whose screen credits include "Holby City," "Foyle's War," "Heart of Gold" and "Midsomer Murders"), Daniel Hawksford (who has also appeared with the RSC, National and Shakespeare's Globe, and whose screen credits include "Colditz," "Little White Lies" and "The Life and Times of Benvenuto Cellini"), Simon Nehan (whose screen credits include "The Comedy Show," "Casualty" and "Tracy Beaker the Movie and Me"), Vivien Parry (last seen in the West End as Donna in Mamma Mia!, and whose screen credits include "EastEnders," "Lovejoy," "A Separate Peace," "Take Me Home," "Bodyguards" and "Medics") and Oliver Ryan (whose screen credits include "Midsomer Murders" and "The Bill"). They are joined by Guy Lewis (who has worked at the National, in the West End and at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and whose screen credits include "Torchwood," "Casualty" and "Caerdydd") and Tom Shepherd (who makes his professional theatre debut after graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).

The theatre is located at Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF. To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7609 1800 or visit

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