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A New Chapter for a Stephen King Classic

Following a triumphant autumn tour, the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption will continue to captivate audiences. From March 20th to 25th, the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford will host this enthralling production.

Adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, the play delves into themes of desperation, injustice, friendship, and hope, all within the confines of a maximum-security prison.

A Legacy on the Silver Screen

The 1994 feature film adaptation, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, earned seven Academy Award nominations. Over time, The Shawshank Redemption has become a beloved classic, inspiring filmmakers and earning recognition from The National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

A Story of Survival and Redemption

Wrongly accused of the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, Andy Dufresne receives a double life sentence and is sent to the notorious Shawshank prison. As he navigates life behind bars, he discovers that survival requires the help of others.

An unlikely friendship forms between Andy and the prison fixer, Red, offering a glimmer of hope. However, when the manipulative Warden Stammas exploits Andy’s accounting skills, a daring plan is secretly concocted…

Stellar Performances from a Talented Cast

Joe Absolom continues in the role of the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne, while Ben Onwukwe portrays Ellis “Red” Redding.

With a remarkable television career spanning 25 years, Joe Absolom has been a fixture on our screens in roles such as Matthew Rose in EastEnders, Al Large in Doc Martin, Christopher Halliwell in A Confession, and Andy Warren in The Bay.

Ben Onwukwe boasts a 30-year stage career, including leading roles with the RSC and the Royal Court. He spent 11 years on TV as Recall McKenzie in London’s Burning and more recently played Jackson Donckers in Professor T. Onwukwe reprises his critically acclaimed performance as Ellis “Red” Redding in The Shawshank Redemption, which he first played in the production’s 2016 tour.

Experience the Drama

Don’t miss this must-see drama. Book your tickets now by calling 01274 432000 or visiting website.

By george