Opened: 05 December 2005
Booking until: 11 March 2006
Running time: 2hrs 45 mins
Prices: £ - £
Author / playwright: George S Kaufman and Moss Hart
Director: Edward Hall
Cast: David Suchet , Victoria Hamilton , Lloyd Hutchinson
Play by by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. Directed by Edward Hall with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Groothuis.
As the talkies hit the headlines, three New York actors abandon their clapped-out vaudeville act to make it big in Hollywood. Jerry and May have a brilliant idea: a voice school for the brainless stars of the silent movies. Their sweet pal, George, tags along for the ride. He's dumb enough to impress the mighty Glogauer, head of Glogauer Studios, and when Jerry and May are drummed out of town, George comes up smelling of roses.
We can't fail. We're pioneers in a new field. The talkies are the thing of the future and there's going to be no stopping them. Got that?
From the great masters of American comedy comes the best ever play about the movies. A vast cast and all the visual extravagance of Hollywood's golden age: an irresistible comic treat.
The cast includes David Suchet as 'Herman Glogauer', Adrian Scarborough 'George Lewis', Victoria Hamilton 'May Daniels', Lloyd Hutchinson 'Jerry Hyland', Issy van Randwyck 'Helen Hobart', Caroline Sheen 'Susan Walker' and Marcia Warren 'Mrs Walker' along with Sarah Annis, Paul Basleigh, Kate Best, Paul Cawley, Alan Cooke, Edwina Cox, Joshua Dallas, Lisa Donmall, Serena Evans, Nick Fletcher, Akiya Henry, Alexis Owen Hobbs, Jonathan McGuinness, Tim McMullen, William Osbourne, Michael Rouse, Adam Shipway, Rachel Stanley, Jack Tarlton, Nicholas Tizzard, Emma Tunmore, Inika Leigh Wright and Matt Zimmerman.
Edward Hall's other directing credits in the London include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (NT Olivier Theatre 2004), Edmond (NT Lyttelton Theatre 2003), Rose Rage (Haymarket Theatre 2002), Macbeth (Albery Theatre 2002), The Constant Wife (Apollo Theatre 2002), Julius Caesar (RSC Barbican Theatre 2002), Henry V (RSC Barbican Theatre 2001) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC Barbican Pit Theatre 1998).