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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
KEAN
at the Apollo Theatre, London

KEEN HAPPENINGS
By Roger B. Harris

  Antony Sher

Antony Sher will play the great 19th Century British actor Edmund Kean,opening May 30 (previews start May 24) at the Apollo(Shaftesbury Ave.).This revival of Kean, the Jean- Paul Satre play, will be directed by Adrian Noble, former artistic director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

The last time Kean played the West End, was at the Old Vic in 1990, with Derek Jacobi in the title role, directed by Sam Mendes.

The cast will include Joanne Pearce as the Countess de Koefeld, Alex Avery as the Prince of Wales, Jane Murphy as Anne Danby, Robert East as the Count de Koefeld and Sam Kelly as Salomon.

The Satre play concerns the actor's passion for Elena, the wife of the Danish ambassador. According to Satre, Kean was an individual who was "always acting." Ultimately, he couldn't differentiate between the real world and the one on stage.

A musical version of the Satre comedy opened on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre in November of 1961. It starred Alfred Drake, with Lee Venora, Joan Weldon and Christopher Hewett, among others. It had a book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. The show closed on January 20, 1962, after 92 performances.

 


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