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Two Halves of Guinness - Leicester Square Theatre

Two Halves of Guinness

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a UK tour, Mark Burgess’ funny and insightful play Two Halves of Guinness will be performed at Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday, April 2 to Sunday, April 7, 2013.

I don’t know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor. Alec Guinness.

Trevor Littledale’s portrayal of Sir Alec Guinness begins in the late 70s, just as Star Wars, in which Guinness plays Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, is set to become one of the biggest films of all time.

Audiences hear about Guinness’ life and work, family, faith, and his shattering insecurity, all played out to a background of the golden days of British film and theatre.

The play is directed by Derek Parry, who has appeared as an actor in the West End and at the National Theatre, most recently alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing. He has directed for the London Actors’ Company, the Brighton Revue Company, and Lavender Hill Productions (formerly Neal Street Productions), amongst others.

Trevor Littledale has appeared in a variety of UK touring shows, including The Holy Terror (with Simon Callow) and Terence Rattigan’s In Praise of Love. In recent years, he has become one of the most prolific contributors to BBC Radio 4 dramas, and can currently be seen in two video installations; one at Hampton Court in which he plays The Lord Privy Seal of Henry VIII, and the other at the Tower of London. Two Halves of Guinness is the seventh of Mark Burgess’ plays in which Littledale has appeared.

Mark Burgess has written a number of plays. His first, Casting Shadows, was performed in Brighton and London (directed by Derek Parry, with Trevor Littledale as Max Miller), as well as on BBC Radio 4. A special reading of Casting Shadows was also featured as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations last year. His most recent play, Larry, about Sir Laurence Olivier, was performed in Hove and at the Jermyn Street Theatre at the end of last year.

Burgess has also worked as a West End and television actor, including his role as Gordon Collins in Brookside in the late 80s.

With the recent news of the sale of Sir Alec’s diaries to the British Library for exhibition next year, this production provides the perfect opportunity to re-live those moments in action as they play out on the stage.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available on 08448 733 433 or online at

Time: 7pm.

Running Time: Approximately 1hour 45 minutes (including 15 minute interval).