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Jim Broadbent in Theatre of Blood



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ACCLAIMED screen actor, Jim Broadbent, is to star in Lee Simpson and Phelim McDermott's thriller, Theatre of Blood, when it opens at the National's Lyttelton Theatre on May 19, 2005 (previews from May 9).

A disused theatre, a mysterious invitation and seven egotistical critics are in for a bloody surprise. For actor Edward Lionheart (Broadbent), has had one bad review too many and, aided and abetted by a gang of murderous tramps and Shakespeare himself, is about to wreak his revenge.

Theatre of Blood is descibed as a macabre exhibition of putty noses, Kensington gore and some very large acting, in which the laws of theatre most definitely supplant the laws of physics.

Broadbent is, of course, well-known for his work in film and has won three of the industries most prestigious awards: a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Iris; and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Moulin Rouge.

His other film credits include: Bridget Jones' Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Vera Drake, Vanity Fair, Around the World in 80 Days and Little Voice.

Broadbent has also made guest appearances in TV's Inspector Morse, Only Fools and Horses and The Black Adder.

Theatre of Blood's other cast members include Paul Bentall, Sally Dexter, Nick Haverson and Mark Lockyer.

This production is not recommended for the under 14's.

Booking until June 15, 2005.

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