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Heaven Can Wait - Bridewell Theatre

Heaven Can Wait

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting Heaven Can Wait, the original 1938 play by Harry Segall, at the Bridewell Theatre – from March 4 to March 8, 2014.

In an ethereal place between heaven and earth, the recently deceased queue to board the heavenly aeroplane. All wait patiently in line, except for one passenger. Boxer Joe Pendleton – an under-educated and ‘salt-of-the-earth’ sort – insists that he can’t be dead, it’s all a big mistake.

And indeed he is right…

Described as a charming comic fantasy, Heaven can Wait charts the search for a new body for Joe and his ensuing struggle between ambition and love.

The original 1938 play inspired a number of hit movies and the cult US TV series Quantum Leap.

Peter Bryans directs a cast that includes Alex Magliaro (as Joe Pendleton), Ally Demicoli, Craig Karpel, Kelly Stone, Max Marcq, Nathan Pollpeter, Nick Mouton, Paul Francis, Sian Levett, Tracie Laurinaitis and Will de Renzy-Martin.

Director Peter Bryans said: “In 1993, at the age of 16, I caught on TV the tail end of a black and white 1941 film entitled Here Comes Mr. Jordan, starring Claude Raines and Robert Montgomery. The portion of the film I saw mesmerised and captivated me, despite my juvenile prejudice against black and white films which I thought were out-of-date and plain rubbish.

“With 1993 being the year of Jurassic Park at the cinemas and Van Damme’s Universal Soldier the year before, why would a teenage boy want to watch some film from the 1940s? Or so I thought at the time. However, I found the storyline wonderful and the concept fantastic and way ahead of its time.

“I have long wanted to share this wonderful and endearing tale about an ambitious yet lonely soul whose story ends happily, albeit via a rather unorthodox sequence of events. I hope that you enjoy the show and can relate to the beautiful simplicity and purity of the moral of the story…”

Tickets: £13.50 (concessions £11) unless otherwise stated (no booking fee). Cash only on the door. Premium seats are available for £15.50 (concessions £13).

Times: 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinée at 2.30pm.

Charity Night: Wednesday, March 5 at 7.30pm when 50% of the takings will be donated to Sedos’ nominated Charity of the Year, Cardboard Citizens.

Gala Night: Friday, March 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £16 (concessions £13.50). Price includes a programme and a cocktail during the interval. Premium seats are available for £18 (£15.50).

For more information or to book visit sedos.co.uk/.