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Thandie Newton Will Star In Revival Of "Death And The Maiden"

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 22, 2011 2:42 AM
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Thandie Newton is taking her thespian skills to the stage to star in the first West End (London's equivalent of Broadway) revival of Death And The Maiden.

My introduction to the play came in the form of the Roman Polanski film which starred Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. A superb drama/thriller I thought, thanks to strong performances from the cast, Polanski's direction, lush cinematography, and a devastating near-4 minute closing monologue/confession, brought to life by Ben Kingsley, complimented by the haunting Schubert soundtrack.

Thandie Newton will play the role Sigourney Weaver played in the film.

Production previews begin October 13th, with an official opening on October 24.

Might a run on Broadway be forthcoming? Possible. Who knows. If it does well in the UK, it might travel, as others have done recently. Also, it hasn't been performed on Broadway since 1992, so a revival might be in someone's sights.

And then what? A film remake? :)

Anyway, good luck to Thandie. It's a challenging role to play.

Here's the 4-minute closing confession I referenced earlier.

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  • Kia | July 22, 2011 5:43 AMReply

    This might be the catalyst I need to make the long overdue trip to London. Im also curious to read the play and check out the film version. Happy to see more news about Thandie on S&A.

  • Monique | July 22, 2011 4:26 AMReply

    Although I did not think her performance in FCG lived up to her usual quality, I am very excited for her to take on this role. Wish I could be in London to see it!

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 22, 2011 3:27 AMReply

    I thought Thandie was EXCELLENT in 'Colored Girls' and she should do a great job in this role. Sigourney did do a superb job in the film.

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