Connery & Joffe (the Younger) Mount Soho WorkshopDate: 23 January 2001
The Soho Theatre is the scene this week for a mere five performances of the workshop production of Rowan Joffe’s Faithful Dealing, with Jason Connery (son of Sean) in the lead role. Playing nightly from tomorrow, 24 January 2001, until Saturday, 27 January (with a matinee on Friday, 26 January), the workshops will be presented to an exclusive film and theatre industry audience with only 20 seats held back per performance for the general public.
Faithful Dealing originated out of the 1998 RSC Fringe Festival. The play is an erotic political thriller set in 1585 and unravels the dangerous fog of mystery that surrounds the untimely death of an original “Roaring Boy” – playwright and spy, Christopher Marlowe. The piece also relates the doomed relationship between Marlow, a Protestant, and Frances Archer, a secret Catholic, within the Machiavellian political culture of the time.
In addition to Connery, the cast includes Michael Colgan, Adam Croadell, Alan Westaway, Mark Wharton and Christopher James. Faithful Dealing is directed by Timothy Sheader and designed by Peter Lindley with lighting by Oliver Fenwick.
Up-and-comer Joffe, son of Oscar-winning filmmaker Roland Joffe and Tony Award-winning actress Jane Lapotaire, is best known to date for his film and television forays. He received the Michael Powell Award (Best New British Feature – Edinburgh Film Festival) for Last Resort and has several screenplays currently in development. His TV credits include Static, Code, and Freed.
- by Terri Paddock