Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
IT HAS now been confirmed that A Man For All Seasons
will open at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket on January
3, 2006. This follows a two-month regional tour.
Martin Shaw (as Thomas More) will lead a cast that includes Maev
Alexander, Tony Bell, Clive Carter, Tim Daish, Alison Fiske, Daniel
Flynn and Gregory Fox-Murphy.
A Man for All Seasons is booking to April 8, 2006, and
follows the current production,
A Few Good Men.
Previously Posted: Although a venue has not
yet been confirmed, actor Martin Shaw will return to the London
stage in a major new production of Robert Bolt's 1960 play, A
Man for All Seasons. This follows a run of just six performances
at the Theatre Royal Windsor (October 5 - 8, 2005).
Shaw is probably best-known for his
many TV appearances - in Judge John Deed (now in its
fifth series), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Rhodes, The Hound of
the Baskervilles, Scott of the Antarctic and, of course,
His stage credits, however, are equally impressive and include
The Country Girl, Are You Lonesome Tonight and Peter
Hall's revival of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband which
he performed on Broadway and in his last West End appearance back
A Man for All Seasons is based on the life of Thomas
More - scholar, ambassador and Lord Chancellor - who, in spite
of their friendship, openly opposed Henry VIII's break with the
church of Rome; a move that enabled Henry to divorce Catherine
of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn.
Many, of course, will remember the 1966 film of the same name,
which starred Paul Scofield as More; the role which now goes to
The new stage production will be directed by Michael Rudman and
produced by Bill Kenwright.