Kean to close early on 14 July 2007

Kean to close early on 14 July 2007

Kean, starring Antony Sher , is to close 5 weeks early at the Apollo Theatre on 14 July 2007. (Was originally booking to 18 Aug)

The play opened at the Apollo Theatre 30 May 2007, following previews from 24 May to generally poor notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Grimly unamusing." THE GUARDIAN says, "If the play works at all, it is as a colourful period charade." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A ghastly evening of tedium and pretentiousness." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Entertaining production." THE TIMES says, "[Antony Sher] wasn’t as forcefully magnetic as I expected."

Kean is written by Jean Paul Sartre, adapted from the play by Alexandre Dumas, in a translation by Frank Hauser. It is directed by Adrian Noble, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by John Leonard and original music by Shaun Davy.

Drawn loosely from life, Kean is a pretender of the highest order, as Sartre described him 'the actor who never ceased acting'. His private life is a public performance, a tragic-comedy about a man with an insatiable appetite for romantic adventure, an ego as big as a stage and an inability to rescue himself from jeopardy.

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