Hitchcock Blonde Extension Follows Opening DelayDate: 4 April 2003
The world premiere of Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde has announced a fortnight's extension ahead of tonight's delayed press night. Following technical difficulties and the breakdown of an onstage lift, the play's first preview on 27 March 2003 was cancelled and the opening, originally scheduled for 2 April, was postponed to today (4 April). The limited season has now been extended by a fortnight to 24 May 2003.
In Hitchcock Blonde, a media lecturer and his female protégé find some deteriorated Hitchcock footage in the basement of a Greek villa. It would appear they've discovered some early rushes, but what film were they for and who is the mysterious blonde?
The cast for the premiere production includes David Haig (Two Weeks Notice, Four Weddings & a Funeral, Thin Blue Line on screen, House/Garden, Life x 3 on stage) and Bond girl Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day, Love in a Cold Climate).
Johnson, who also directs, was most recently represented in the West End with The Graduate, which he adapted and directed. His other award-winning plays include Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, Dead Funny and, at the Royal Court, Hysteria and Cries from the Mammal House. His other directing credits include The Memory of Water (Hampstead/West End) and The Libertine (with John Malkovich in Chicago).
- by Terri Paddock