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Zadie's Shoes makes the quick step to Finborough


Preview by Paul Nelson

CONTINUING its success with its new season, the Finborough Theatre is happily hoping for similar acclaim for Zadie's Shoes.

One of the most successful Canadian plays of the last few years, Zadie's Shoes tells the story of Benjamin - a compulsive gambler who's just lost the money for his girlfriend's trip to an "alternative" cancer clinic in Mexico.

With only 72 hours to win it back, a desperate Benjamin finds himself at synagogue for the first time since his Bar Mitzvah, praying for a miracle… or a winner.

What he gets is "prophet" Eli, who, along with rabbinical advice, gives him a warning about cabbages… and a hot tip on a horse!

In the fast-paced, madcap worlds of horseracing, addictions and championship curling, Zadie's Shoes provides a hilarious yet moving look at the nature of luck and the power of faith.

Adam Pettle's play was the surprise hit of Toronto's 2000 theatre season, transferring to Ed Mirvish's Winter Garden Theatre for a sell-out run.

The excellent cast includes Danny Babington (Sam Mendes' production of To The Green Fields Beyond at the Donmar Warehouse), Leonard Fenton (Royal Court, National Theatre, Almeida, Out of Joint, EastEnders), Jennifer Lee Jellicorse (Tender Is The Night for BBC Radio 4), Isobel Pravda (Fighting The Tide for Hull Truck), and Dylan Smith (EastEnders, CBS/ITV's Murder on the Orient Express).

The show also features an original score by Jack Arnold, who has composed music for BBC's Timewatch - Rameses III and the forthcoming feature film, Oh! Marbella, starring Rik Mayall and Mike Reid.

Zadie's Shoes by Adam Pettle, Directed by Lauren Fedyna, Produced by Tom Clark, Designed by Raphaela Henry, Lighting by Robin Snowdon, Original Music by Jack Arnold.
Cast includes: Danny Babington, Leonard Fenton, Jennifer Lee Jellicorse, Gavin O'Donoghue, Isobel Pravda, Dylan Smith, and Tracey Thomson. Presented by Wise Donkey Productions from Tuesday October 7 to November 1 at 7.30pm (Sundays 3.30pm) at the Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10. Tickets 020 7373 3842.

Our picture shows Leonard Fenton (the older actor) and Dylan Smith in Zadie's Shoes. Photo by Joss McKinley.

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