Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
IT HAS just been announced that The Postman Always Rings
Twice will close one week ahead of schedule, on September
The Playhouse Theatre's next production, As
You Desire Me opens on October 27, 2005 (previews from
October 21). It will star Kristin scott Thomas and Bob Hoskins.
Previously Posted: The Postman Always Rings Twice
has extended its booking period for the second time. Its limited
season was first extended from July 30 to August 13, 2005. Now,
with another four weeks added, booking will continue until September
10, 2005. However, all matinees have been cancelled.
Previously Posted: Hollywood actor, Val Kilmer,
has credited British theatre-goers as being 'smarter' than their
American counterparts, just weeks before he is due to make his
West End debut in The Postman Always Rings Twice.
In an interview with the BBC, he maintained that he found UK
audiences 'very sophisticated and probably the most well-read
And he lamented a decline in standards on Broadway, where 'the
shows have become more Vegas-like'.
Kilmer will play a murderous drifter in The Postman Always
Rings Twice, which is due to open at the Playhouse
Theatre on May 24.
He will be joined by British actress, Charlotte Emmerson, who
portrays Cora, the role played on screen by Lana Turner in 1946
and Jessica Lange in 1981.
Andrew Rattenbury's stage adaptation of James M Cain's The
Postman Always Rings Twice will run at The Playhouse for
a limited ten-week season only.
PREVIOUSLY POSTED: First
published in America in 1934, the novel caused moral outrage because
of its potent mix of eroticism and violence.
It has since been filmed by Hollywood - once in 1946, with Lana
Turner and John Garfield, and more recently, in 1981, with Jessica
Lange and Jack Nicholson.
More recently still, Rattenbury's stage adaptation received its
world premiere in October 2004, at Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse,
with Patrick O'Kane and Charlotte Emmerson in the key roles of
Frank and Cora.
Emmerson is, in fact, reprising the role of Cora, the bored wife
of a 1930s diner owner, whose drab existence is challenged by
the arrival of Frank.
Although Kilmer is probably best-known for his numerous film
appearances - Willow, Top
Gun, Batman Forever, The Saint, The Doors, Tombstone and
True Romance -
he is equally at home on stage.
His off-Broadway credits include The Slab Boys, Henry VI
Part I and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
Emmerson, meanwhile, will be familiar to theatregoers for her
appearances in the National Theatre productions of The Cherry
Orchard, The Good Hope and The Coast of Utopia, as
well as Baby Doll which transferred to the National and
West End after its initial season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Her TV credits include Foyle's War, The Alan Clark Diaries
and Peak Practice.
By coincidence, The Postman Always Rings Twice reunites
Emmerson with the creative team responsible for Baby Doll
- director, Lucy Bailey, and designer, Bunny Christie.
The Postman Always Rings Twice will be the Playhouse
Theatre's first production since the conclusion of the RSC's Spanish
Golden Age season, on March 26, 2005.