Rock 'n' Roll spans the recent history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution - but from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band, and its fan, Jan, came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by British Communist philosopher, Max, at Cambridge.
Rock 'n' Roll opened in the West End on 22 July following its world premiere at the Royal Court from 14 June 2006 (previews from 3 June) to 15 July as part of the Sloane Square theatre’s year-long 50th anniversary celebrations. Among its accolades to date are Evening Standard awards for Best Play and Best Actor for Rufus Sewell (the original Jan) and five nominations in this year’s Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, including nods for Best New Play, Best Actor for Sewell and Best Director for Nunn (click here to vote now!).
At the time of the play’s first West End extension in September, David Calder took over from role originator Brian Cox as Max, and for the second extension, Dominic West (pictured) and Emma Fielding took over from Sewell and Sinead Cusack as, respectively, Jan and Eleanor/older Esme. The current cast also features Dolya Gavanski, Martin Chamberlain, Peter Sullivan and Sarah Pearman.
Rock 'n' Roll is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Howard Harrison, costumes by Emma Ryott and sound by Ian Dickinson. It’s presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions. No further productions have yet been announced for the Duke of York’s.
- by Terri Paddock