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Attenborough Jnr tackles Brighton Rock



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW Musical based on Grahame Greene's novel, Brighton Rock, will receive its world premiere at north London's Almeida Theatre on October 5, 2004 (previews from September 20) and run for a limited season, until November 13.

Transfer to the West End is expected to follow.

Greene's literary classic tackles gang warfare in the eponymous English seaside town and follows the fortunes of Pinkie, a young and ruthless thug, whose sole witness to a murder is Rose, a 16-year-old Catholic girl.

His only hope lies in her infatuation with him and a marriage, quite literally, 'til death do us part'.

Taking on the role of Pinkie is Jibson who, fresh from drama school, earned two nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, an Olivier and a Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award, for his role of 'good' and 'bad' Joe in the Madness musical, Our House.

The characters of Joe and Pinky are not entirely dissimilar, Joe being young and at home on the streets of London where, in order to impress his girlfriend, he commits a petty crime. But there, they differ for Joe has two options open to him.

Jibson has also appeared in Oliver!, Bugsy Malone and A Chorus Line, the latter in Sheffield earlier this year.

And playing Rose, is Sophia Ragavelas, most recently seen in Les Miserables.

Other cast members include Neil McCaul (Cubitt), Corinna Powlesland (Judy), Paul Bentall (Spicer), Joshua Richards (Mr Colleoni), Elizabeth Price (Delia) and Anthony Clegg (Crabb).

Brighton Rock will be directed by the Almeida's artistic director, Michael Attenborough, the son of actor, Sir Richard Attenborough, who, by a strange coincidence, made the role of Pinkie famous in the 1947 big screen version.

Music comes from Oscar-winning film composer, John Barry, whose credits include Out of Africa, Born Free and Goldfinger, while Don Black, previously responsible for Sunset Boulevard, Bombay Dreams and Tell Me on a Sunday, provides the lyrics.

Bill Kenwright is associate producer.

 

 

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