Al Pacino to bring one man show to West End
Preview by Jack Foley
SCREEN legend Al Pacino is bringing his acclaimed one-man show to London’s West End this summer.
An Evening With Al Pacino will see the movie icon sharing movie memories and favourite film anecdotes with an exclusive one-night-only audience.
It will include an on-stage interview with the actor about his life and work and a question and answer session with the audience.
The show has previously been presented in America and Australia and includes clips of his award-winning career in films such as The Godfather, Scarface, Serpico and Scent Of A Woman, the film which finally landed him an Oscar for best actor.
The one-off show will take place at London’s Palladium on June 2, 2013.
In a statement issued by Pacino announcing the evening, the actor spoke of his affection for London. He said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to London, where I have always felt at home. I consider it an honour to appear at the Palladium and I’ll be glad to be back on the boards in your great city.”
Pacino last appeared on the London stage in 1984 when he starred in David Mamet’s play American Buffalo at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
There were recent hopes of a return when it was rumoured that his Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, in which he reprised the role of Shylock which he had played on film, might make the transfer.
But thanks for luring Pacino back to London must now rest with London promoter Rocco Buonvino, who pursued the star through mutual friend Barry Navidi, who produced Pacino’s movie version of Shakespeare’s play and also Wilde Salome, his reinterpretation of Oscar Wilde’s tragedy, which will be released in cinemas this year.
Mr Buonvino commented: “London is a special place for Al Pacino. It’s like his second home, so he wanted to be ready and prepared to do it. He knows his popularity here.”
US reviews praised the show for being “open and casual honesty” and claimed that although “his screen characters remain outsized, the man himself seems self-effacing”.
Tickets for An Evening With Pacino are priced from £55 to £250 plus booking fee and are available from seatlive.com and seetickets.com.