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And In The End - The Death and Life of John Lennon

John Lennon

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARSHALL + Cole Theatricals Ltd is presenting And In The End – The Death and Life of John Lennon at Jermyn Street Theatre – from May 9 (previews from May 7) to June 1, 2013.

December 8, 1980, 10.52pm New York City, The Dakota Apartments. Five bone-chilling gunshots ring out, shattering the stillness of the night. One of the most iconic figures of the 20th century lies in a pool of blood struggling for life. Time stops.

Fighting to stay alive, John Lennon finds himself caught in a limbo between life and death. As his former years flash before him, Gatekeepers of his past help him confront the five stages of death – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Written and directed by Emmy Award-winner Alexander Marshall and starring Valentine Pelka as John Lennon, And In The End is described as a searching, uplifting and humorous insight into the death and life of one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.

Former RSC member Valentine Pelka’s performance as John Lennon was critically acclaimed both at The Edinburgh Fringe and in Australia. His recent credits include Churchill’s POW, a new drama documentary for Channel 4 and the role of Charles Pearce in Howard Brenton’s Epsom Downs for Salisbury Playhouse.

On television, he is perhaps best known for his roles of Kronos in The Highlander and Colonel Luis Montoya in The Queen of Swords. His film work includes Roman Polanski’s The Piano and Disney’s Under the Tuscan Sun.

Alexander Marshall’s previous directing credits include Fooling Buddha, American Gyps and Jadoo. He is the US end of the Anglo-American production team Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd. Giles Cole is the UK end of the team. Their work has included the sold out and acclaimed stage biography of Terence Rattigan, The Art of Concealment, by Giles Cole (also at Jermyn Street Theatre), Short Guys With Glasses and Seeing With the Mind’s Eye in Chicago and Max Maven Thinking In Person Off-Broadway.

Marshall is a two-time Emmy Award-winner and in 2011 he won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his biography Beating A Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall.

And In The End has set and costume design by Alexander McPherson, lighting by Andy Grange, sound by Phil Lee and art direction by Shannon.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions. Early Bird Discount (book by April 14) £15. All are available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.

The Living Room, starring Christopher Timothy, continues at Jermyn Street Theatre until March 30, 2013. It will be followed – from April 9 to May 4, 2013 – by Frederick Lonsdale’s comedy of manners, On Approval.