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The Postman Always Rings Twice closes

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IT HAS just been announced that The Postman Always Rings Twice will close one week ahead of schedule, on September 3, 2005.

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 on earth'.

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.

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