Tom Courtenay's Pretending to Be Me at Comedy 12 Feb 03

Tom Courtenay's Pretending to Be Me at Comedy 12 Feb 03

Pretending to be Me,a one-man show written and starring Sir Tom Courtenay, opens at the Comedy Theatre 18 Feb 03, following previews from 12 Feb 03, and booking to 26 Apr 03.

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Pretending to be Me, which is Tom Courtenay's first piece of writing for the stage, premiered at Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse on 28 November 02.

It is a portrait of a day in the life of poet Philp Larkin, based on Larkin's letters, interviews and diaries as well as his poetry.

The play is set during one day of Larkin's life as he moves into his new home. The act of unpacking his things acts as a catalyst for memories and observations.

Larkin, who died in 1985, attracted controversy during his lifetime for his opinions on women, ethnic minorities and the unemployed. However, those working on Courtenay's project have said that it will show another side to Larkin, examining key events in his life and showing how they shaped his work.

Sir Tom Courtenay was last on the West End stage in 1996 in the original cast of "Art" at the Wyndham's Theatre. He also starrd in a one-man show at the Garrick in 1994 in Venedikt Yerofeev's "Moscow Stations". His film credits include " Billy Liar" (1963), "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), "The Dresser " (1983), and most recently "Last Orders" (2001). He was awarded a knighthood for his considerable, long-running contribution to his art in 2000.

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