Embers, With Irons, Extends West End Run:|
31 Mar 2006
Jeremy Irons has extended his
return to the West End by four weeks with the announcement that Embers
will now play through June 24.
The play, which enticed
Oscar-winner Irons back to the West End after an 18-year absence, was
originally scheduled to finish its run May 27.
Adapted from Sandor Marai’s
novel by Christopher Hampton (The Philanthropist, The Talking Cure),
Embers is set during the war in a Hungarian castle where retired
general Henrik (Irons) awaits the arrival of his closest friend Konrad
(Patrick Malahide). Henrik has not seen his friend since Konrad mysteriously
disappeared 41 years previously. The three-hander also features Jean Boht as
Henrik’s faithful housekeeper.
Jeremy Irons won a Tony Award
for his performance in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing.
The English actor also won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in
the 1990 film "Reversal of Fortune." Irons last appeared on the London stage
in The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1988 Christopher Hampton
won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the screen version of his play
Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Philanthropist was recently
revived at London’s Donmar with Simon Russell Beale in the title role.
Embers is directed by
Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; Three Sisters; Democracy)
and is the first West End production to be fully produced by film and
television producer Eric Abraham.
Abraham is the show’s third
Academy Award winner. In 1996 his movie “Kolya” won an Oscar for Best
Foreign Language Film. The West End’s newest producer told Playbill.com that
he intends to produce two London productions a year.
On the opening night of
Embers Irons interrupted his curtain call to pay tribute to Abraham, who
was instrumental in persuading Irons to return to the London stage.
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