Now, nine years later, Grandage directs the play's first major revival at the Wyndham's Theatre.
Stage and screen star Alfred Molina, who played Mark Rothko in the original production, reprises his role as the American abstract expressionist. 'With his large frame and beetling eyebrows, [Alfred Molina] has exactly the fierce intensity of an artist whose paintings were a dynamic battle between Apollo and Dionysus' enthused The Guardian back in 2009, while Variety magazine hailed his performance as, quite simply, 'majestic'. Considering such unequivocal praise, it's a real boon to the revival to have Molina back in the starring role.
Eddie Redmayne is, we can only assume, too busy filming the Fantastic Beasts films to reprise his role as artist's assistant Ken, but his replacement is tipped as then next Big Thing. Alfred Enoch may already be familiar from the Harry Potter films or the BBC's Sherlock or his regular role in US TV drama How To Get Away With Murder. Taking on the role that won Redmayne a Tony is likely to launch this talented young actor further still in the public eye.
John Logan's script, which focuses Rothko's most lucrative commission and greatest moral and creative challenge. It's 1958, and Rothko is working on a series of murals for New York's Four Seasons restaurant. As he works, the artist preaches about aesthetics, how the colours should pulse from a canvas, but then young assistant Ken comes along to challenge theories of art, life and integrity.
|What||Red, Wyndham's Theatre|
32 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
04 May 18 – 28 Jul 18, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£10 - £99|
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