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1st Night Photos: Kean Folks Celebrate Sher Show

By • West End
Antony Sher swapped the skin of actor Edmund Kean for formal black at the post-show reception celebrating the opening of Kean on 30 May 2007 (previews from 24 May) at the West End's Apollo Theatre (See WOS TV, 31 May 2007).

Sher is considered to be one of the country’s leading living Shakespearean actors. In the tragi-comedy, written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1954 and translated by Frank Hauser, Sher plays legendary 19th-century thespian Edmund Kean who provoked near-rioting with his 1814 performance as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The play takes an intimate look at Kean’s private life of drinking, gambling and womanising as well as his ego that some claimed was as big as the stage.

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Sher is joined in the Kean cast by Sam Kelly, Joanne Pearce, Jane Murphy, Oliver Beamish and Alex Avery. The production –directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble and designed by Mark Thompson – continues its limited season until 18 August 2007. For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at the Apollo Theatre along with the company, producer Thelma Holt and first night guests including Nichola McAuliffe.


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