Welles’ achievements include Voodoo Macbeth, the live newscast radio adaptation of War of the Worlds and Citizen Kane which assured his iconic status in America.
Rosebud explores how Welles’ early success in his career, helped by his marriage to Rita Hayworth, were followed by decades of struggle. Exiled from Hollywood, he found his ambitions were continually thwarted and spent the rest of his life battling to find (and fund) outlets for his creative genius.
Christian McKay reprises his performance as Welles in the one-man play, written by actor-playwright Mark Jenkins and directed by Josh Richards. Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, Rosebud won a Fringe First Award and an inaugural Carol Tambor Award, which funded a transfer to New York (See News, 31 Aug 2004).
In London, the production is presented by Andy Jordan Productions, Steven Berkoff and Rosebud Productions in association with Mogo.
- by Caroline Ansdell