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Lee Tannen’s play about Lucille Ball transfers to The Arts
It has been announced that Lee Tannen's play I Loved Lucy about his 10-year relationship with TV comedy legend Lucille Ball will transfer to The Arts Theatre in London's West End for a limited season from 19 July to 2 September 2017, with an official opening on 24 July.
Having premiered at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016 where it returned due to popular demand this "personal, funny and bitter-sweet" play will enjoy a new London run, once again starring Sandra Dickinson as Lucy with Matthew Scott making his London debut as Lee.
I Loved Lucy is based on Lee Tannen's best selling memoir about the real life of the iconic comedic entertainer whose public face is all too well known. He adapted the stage production in 2010 which had its stage premiere at The Laguna Playhouse.
"But what was Lucille Ball really like? And how did she choose to live at the end of her life? Lee Tannen first met Lucille Ball as a child but cemented their close and enduring friendship as an adult. During the last 10 years of Lucy’s life - years mostly spent out of the spotlight, and much of it around a backgammon table - Lee became Lucy’s confidante, spending time in her Beverly Hills and Palm Springs homes, travelling with her and entertaining her on his turf in New York City."
Sandra Dickinson's West End credits include Singin’ In The Rain, A Streetcar Named Desire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Not About Nightingales (NT and Broadway) and Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse).
Matthew Scott recently starred as Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Sondheim On Sondheim, A Catered Affair and the original company of Jersey Boys.
Directed by Anthony Biggs, the Artistic Director of the Jermyn Street Theatre, the production features set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Tim Mascall, sound design by Gareth McLeod and is produced by Gary DiMauro.
I Loved Lucy tickets are now on sale.