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Ava: The Secret Conversations
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Ava: The Secret Conversations Tickets

14 Jan 2022 - 16 Apr 2022

Ava: The Secret Conversations Information

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval).

Based on the book “The Secret Conversations” by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner.

A fading star of Hollywood's golden age, now living a quiet life in 1980s London, hires a journalist to write her biography in order to bring in much needed income. The journalist can’t believe his luck. From poor Southern farm girl to a powerful Hollywood goddess her story is pure celluloid. A devastating beauty whose hard drinking, hard loving lifestyle kept the gossip columnists busy as her movies thrilled the punters. The ultimate femme fatale - Ava Gardner

Not always intentionally, Ava spills the beans on her three husbands to often humorous affect: Mickey Rooney, a serial cheater so notorious that even his mother warned Gardner about him; bandleader Artie Shaw "a dominating son of a bitch - always putting me down" and Frank Sinatra.. "We were fighting all the time. Fighting and boozing. It was madness. But he was good in the feathers".

This compelling new play explores the fractured relationship between the public and private lives of one of Hollywood's great icons. . Produced by Karl Sydow, the production will star Elizabeth McGovern who also adapted the book Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans & Ava Gardner for the stage.

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Opening date

January 14th, 2022

Closing date

April 16th, 2022




Riverside Studios

Cast and creative

By: Elizabeth McGovern
Director: Gabby Delall
Cast list: Elizabeth McGovern, Anatol Yusef
Design: 59 Productions
Costume: Fotini Dimou
Lighting: Elliot Griggs
Sound: Ella Wahlström

Our review

Photo credit: Ava: The Secret Conversations (Photo by Marc Brenner)

Elizabeth McGovern wrote and stars in this two-hander, which was timed to open 32 years to the day since the movie legend Ava Gardner died of pneumonia in London at the too-young age of 67. But far from functioning as an act of impassioned tribute or revelatory homage, Ava: The Secret Conversations rides this Hollywood star's coattails to no particular effect beyond suggesting that it won't provide the sort of career employment for McGovern that Robert Morse found with Tru or Christopher Plummer...

Latest Ava: The Secret Conversations News & Features

Photo credit: Elizabeth McGovern (Photo by Simon Annand)

Elizabeth McGovern will star in her brand new play, AVA: The Secret Conversations, portraying Ava Gardner. McGovern adapted the book of the same name too, with Ava: The Secret Conversations at Riverside Studios from 14 January - 16 April. Ava Gardner was a 1940s Hollywood starlet, often appearing in films alongside Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. During her film career, her roles were overshadowed by marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra. In AVA: The Secret Conversations,...

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