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Californian Lives - King's Head Theatre

Californian Lives

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARBERY Productions is presenting Californian Lives, three powerful and moving monologues that lay bare the lives of three very different people, at the King’s Head Theatre.

Written by Martin Foreman and directed by Emma King-Farlow, Californian Lives runs from April 22 (previews April 21) to May 26, 2013 (Sundays and Mondays only).

In Los Feliz, Robin Holden is a salesman in a diner who knows the freeways and side streets of Los Angeles like the back of his hand. Then on one of these side streets he meets the woman of his dreams…

Ben and Joe’s, starring Barry Clarke, is set in a San Fernando Valley bar, where a group of older men spend their days shooting the breeze, watching TV and flirting with the bartender. Life is quiet until a young man enters…

The final monologue, Sunset, stars Carolyn Lyster. As the sun sets in the Cascade Mountains a grandmother remembers her first date, the man she married and their life together.

Robin Holden, who was nominated for Best Actor at the 2011 Off West End Awards for Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde in The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at the Union & Tabard theatres, also played the title role in Macbeth, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Iago in Othello, all at the Blue Elephant Theatre. He premiered Los Feliz at the Solo Festival 2012.

Barry Clarke’s theatre roles include Alencar in The Maias, Mr Erpingham in The Erpingham Camp, Polonius in Hamlet and Castruchio and Doctor in The Duchess of Malfi, all at the Greenwich Playhouse. He also premiered Ben and Joe’s at the Solo Festival 2012.

Carolyn Lyster’s theatre credits include West End appearances as Barbara in Run For Your Wife (Duchess Theatre), Mary in Caught In The Net (Vaudeville Theatre), Jane in It Runs In The Family (Playhouse Theatre), Susan in No Sex Please, We’re British (Strand Theatre) and Polly in The Bandwagon (Mermaid Theatre).

Tickets: £11.50 to £19 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at

Times: 7.15pm (plus 3pm on Sunday, May 26).

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: L’elisir d’amore, The Secret Garden: In Concert and Lionel Bart’s Quasimodo.