I am so enthusiastic about writing this post for my blog as it is something totally new and I’m still buzzing from last night’s production of the one and only: Shawshank Redemption at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect as I hadn’t been to the theatre in years (and I had never been to the Theatre Royal before) however it was otherworldly and I would definitely go again.
Firstly, the actual theatre in itself was extraordinary. It’s a much different experience from going to the cinema – that’s for sure. I felt really classy and sophisticated (to say that I felt as though I fit in though would be stretching the truth). The staff were helpful and made sure I went to the right place – it was such a huge building so it would be easy to get lost if you didn’t know where you were going! I would definitely go back to the Theatre Royal Glasgow. If you’re from Glasgow, like myself, and you haven’t been here: Definitely put it on your bucket list/to do list or whatever you have got going on because it was such a wonderful experience.
This production of Shawshank Redemption was adapted by Owen O’ Neill and Dave Johns. There was a lot of added humour to this particular show and I found it worked immensely well – I hadn’t been expecting it. The notorious scenes and lines from the film were included in this production but there were also little twists and changes which worked tremendously. I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat. I thought because I had seen the film so many times that I wouldn’t have been in for any surprises but boy, was I wrong?
The casting was absolutely spot on; the accents were great; the costume was true to the film – I was just so impressed!
I would go and see this performance of Shawkshank Redemption again in a heart beat. I’d love to have met the cast and chatted to them afterwards. They were all so talented. Hats off to each and every one of them. Credit where credit is due. I shall list them all below:
- PAUL NICHOLLS as Andy Dufresne
- JACK ELLIS as Warden Stammas
- BEN ONWUKWE as Ellis ‘Red’ Redding
- ANDREW BOYER as Brooksie
- DANIEL STEWART as Hadley
- OWEN OLDROYD as Entwistle
- JEFF ALEXANDER as Bogs Diamond
- SEAN CROKE as Rooster
- ADAM HENDERSON SCOTT as Rico
- SCOTT WRIGHT as Dawkins
- NICHOLAS BANKS as Tommy Williams
- SCOTT WESTWOOD as Kelly
I thoroughly enjoyed my evening last night and want to take this opportunity to thank the cast once again for putting on such an excellent performance of one of the most incredible films there is. Fabulous!
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