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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ACADEMY and Emmy Award nominated Robert Vaughan will narrate the world stage premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which runs at the Park Theatre from May 16 (previews from May 14) to June 22, 1014.

Jethro Compton will direct his own adaptation of this classic Western with Oliver Lansley (The Best Possible Taste, Sherlock, Misfits) in the role of Ranse Foster.

They travelled west for gold, hope and liberty. Liberty’s exactly what they’re gonna get.

One of the greatest tales from the American West, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a story of good versus evil, of law versus the gun and of one man versus Liberty Valance.

When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local girl. This love gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead?

Originally written by Dorothy M.Johnson in 1949, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance became a Hollywood sensation when John Ford directed James Stewart and John Wayne in the 1962 film version. The film was seen as a pinnacle of the Western genre and in 2007 was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’.

Now, for the first time, this tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society will take to the stage for a new audience to experience the Wild West of 1890.

Although in recent years Robert Vaughan is best known for playing Albert Stoller in the hit BBC drama Hustle, he has starred in some of the greatest film classics of the 20th Century, including The City Jungle and The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno and Bullitt, all three opposite Steve McQueen. His other TV credits include The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Protectors and The A-Team.

Founder and Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company, Oliver Lansley has worked successfully in theatre, film and television as a playwright, director and actor. His screen acting credits include the BBC4 film The Best Possible Taste, Whites, Sherlock, Misfits and The Wrong Mans; while on stage he has appeared in Berkoff’s Greek (Riverside Studios), The Infant, The Terrible Infants, Ernest and the Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains (national tours).

Other cast members include Niamh Walsh (The Middlemarch Trilogy, Orange Tree Theatre), Paul Albertson (Carver, Arcola Theatre; Damages, Bush Theatre), Lanre Malaolu (Marat/Sade, RSC; Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Globe), Robert G Slade (The Hot Zone, Brady Centre), and James Marlowe and Hayden Wood, both of whom starred in The Bunker Trilogy, directed and produced by Jethro Compton, which won Best Theatre Award at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival in South Australia.

Composed by Jonny Sims, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has costume design by Jessica Knight, lighting by Joules McCreedy and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Tickets: Adults £19.50; previews £15; £12 Tuesdays for N4 residents and for under 25s; concessions: £16. To book call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP