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The Pianist of Willesden Lane extends booking to 22 October 2016
The hit play extends booking due to popular demand.
Adapted by Hershey Felder and based on the book 'The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival' by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, the stage production previously ran at the St James Theatre earlier this year, and returns for a new run from 7 September 2016.
"Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna's storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream - as she is torn from her family and set onto the Kindertransport to London."
Produced by Hershey Felder, with Samantha F Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Robert M. Birmingham, it is directed by Hershey Felder with lighting by Christopher Rynne and Jason Bieber, design by Hershey Felder and Trevor Hay, costume by Jaclyn Maduff and stars Mona Golabek.
A gala performance will take place on Tuesday 13 September, in aid of World Jewish Relief, a charity closely linked to The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF) – the precursor to World Jewish Relief – were fundamental in the funding and organisation of the Kindertransport, helping thousands of Jewish children to come to Britain during WW2, escaping Nazi persecution in their home countries. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of one of those children, Lisa Jura.
Tickets for the extended run are now on sale.