Stephen Fry has adapted Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets to run on stage in London


Stephen Fry has adapted the classic Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets for the stage, and it’s set to run in London next year.

According to the Daily Mail, Sonia Friedman is looking to mount a production based on Fry’s script to London in 2020, depending on casting and theatre availability.

The original 1949 film, which was written by Robert Hamer and John Dighton, is about the son of a woman who is disowned by her wealthy family after she married someone out of her class. The son, Louis, takes revenge on the family after his mother’s death. It is loosely based on the 1906 book, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman.

Alec Guinness starred in the film playing nine different characters, alongside Valerie Hobson, Dennis Price and Joan Greenwood.

In 1999, the film was ranked number six in the British Film Institute’s top 100 British films, and in 2005, Time magazine included it in their top 100 films since 1923.

Another Ealing Studios comedy is set to run in the West End this year; Sean Foley has adapted The Man in the White Suit for the West End, which will star Stephen Mangan at the Wyndham’s Theatre.  

Photo credit: US Embassy London (flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

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