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Terry Johnson’s Prism at The REP

Tara Fitzgerald joins Robert Lindsay in Terry Johnson’s Prism at The REP

Tara Fitzgerald joins Robert Lindsay in the 2019 production ofPrism, which opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 3 October ahead of a UK tour. They will be joined by Victoria Blunt and Oliver Hembrough.

Written and directed by multi-award winning Terry Johnson, Prismtells the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood’s greatest divas beautiful and who lived a life as colourful as his cinematography. Part fact, part fiction, Prism, sees Jack Cardiff retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire, Jack’s days of hard work – and play – on some of the most famous film sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world. Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’, the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

Robert Lindsay who plays Jack Cardiff has experienced huge success on stage and screen since graduating from RADA in the early 70s. Robert has performed in television comedies and dramas, in Hollywood films, on Broadway and on the West End stage, with seasons at the RSC and the National Theatre. His theatre work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End); Richard III (RSC); Me and My Girl (London/New York) and The Entertainer (Old Vic). Films include Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of EvilGrace of Monaco;Wimbledon; and That’ll be the Day.Television work includes Citizen Smith; GBH; Jake’s Progress; Hornblower; Oliver Twist; Galavant;Spy and My Family. All this work has given him an international reputation and garnered him many Awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including a BAFTA, a Royal Television Best Actor Award, a Variety Club Award, two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Fred Astaire Award and a Tony on Broadway.

Award-winning stage and screen actress Tara Fitzgerald, who plays Nicola, previously appeared at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as Nora in A Doll’s House. Her other theatre work includesShipwreck (Almeida Theatre), In Praise of Love (Ustinov Studio, Bath), The Secret Theatre (Wanamaker Theatre) and Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe). Film work includes The Runaways;Five Children and It; Brassed OffThe Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain; A Man of No Importance; Sirens and Hear My Song. Television work includesGame of Thrones (Seasons 3,4 and 5); Waking The Dead, Poirot and The ABC Murders.

Victoria Blunt plays Lucy. Theatre work includes Macbeth(Watermill Theatre, Newbury); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Lady Windemere’s Fan and Dead Funny (Vaudeville, West End). Film work includes Ammonite. Television work includes Borderline.

Oliver Hembrough plays Mason. Theatre work includes The Hired Man (Queens, London); Friday Night Sex (Royal Court, London); A Further Education and Seminar (both Hampstead Theatre, London);Insignificance (Arcola, London); Mamma Mia (West End); Oh, What a Lovely War! (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and The Wind in the Willows (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Film work includesEunice; Spring in June; Shine; Really Lost (Short) and The Joy of 8 Millilitres (Short). Television work includes The White Princess;Criminal Justice; City of Vice; The Spare RoomCasualty; Junk andNorthanger Abbey.

Prism is designed by Tim Shortall, with lighting design by Ben Ormerod, video design by Ian William Galloway, sound design byJohn Leonard and music by Colin Towns.

Prism is a co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Hampstead Theatre following the play’s sell-out run in London in 2017. After its opening in Birmingham (3 – 12 October) Prism will tour to Richmond Theatre (14-19 October); Nottingham Theatre Royal (21-26 October); Edinburgh Kings (28-2 November); Chichester Festival Theatre (4-9 November); Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (11-16 November); Cambridge Arts (18-23 November) and Malvern Festival Theatre (25-30 November).

Tickets available from birmingham-rep.co.uk

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