Arsenic Comes Home to Strand???
Date: 9 April 2002
Joseph Kesselring's 1940s Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace looks likely for a fresh West End outing this summer – back at the Strand Theatre where it first ran for a record-breaking 1,337 performances from December 1942. The wicked comedy follows the antics of two little old ladies who poison old men and bury them in the basement of their Victorian home in Brooklyn. Arsenic and Old Lace premiered in 1941 on Broadway where it ran for three-and-a-half years. It was later immortalised in Frank Capra's 1944 film in which Cary Grant played the murderesses' nephew Mortimer Brewster, a theatre-hating drama critic. Arsenic and Old Lace is expected to open on 2 July (following previews from mid-June) at the West End's Strand Theatre where current resident, Peter Gill's The York Realist, finishes its limited season on 20 April 2002. The revival is produced by Katharine Dore.
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