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Martin Shaw is A Man for All Seasons



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.

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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, The Professionals.

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 in 1997.

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 Shaw.

The new stage production will be directed by Michael Rudman and produced by Bill Kenwright.

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