Film, theatre and TV star Shane Richie will play ‘Archie Rice’ in a brand-new production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer at Theatre Severn.
Chosen as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by Michael Billington, the play comes to Shrewsbury Monday 18 – Saturday 23 November 2019.
1982: Archie Rice is a washed-up entertainer playing a summer season. As his soldier son sails with the Task Force to liberate the Falklands, his daughter Jean returns from campaigning against the war, and Archie’s professional and personal lives collide with devastating consequences.
Shane Richie has balanced a hugely successful forty-year career between theatre, film & TV; and has been a regular fixture on prime-time television including his role of the lovable rogue Alfie Moon featured in BBC One’s Eastenders. Theatre credits include the London West End and Manchester production of Grease and One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He also starred as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle at London West End theatre, The Apollo in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie.
Shane Richie said, “Following in the black patent shoes of Olivier, Gambon, Lindsay & Branagh, it’s an incredible honour to be asked to play one of literatures greatest fictional characters, Archie Rice. In the words of the great man himself “you’re a long time dead, let’s just whoop it up!”
Directed by Sean O’Connor, this innovative adaptation will open at Curve on 27 August and travel the UK before completing the forthcoming tour at Theatre Severn in November.
Sean O’Connor said, “Osborne’s story of a man who faces the end of his career in the declining days of a popular art form in the context of Britain struggling to establish its place on the international stage has never seemed more relevant or more timely. I’m hugely excited to bring this new vision of one of the 20th century’s finest plays to the stage and completely thrilled to have secured Shane – one of the great entertainers of today- to play one of the most iconic roles in British theatre.”
Tickets for The Entertainer at Theatre Severn are on sale now and can be booked from the venue Box Office.