Theatre Review – ‘The Shawshank Redemption’


Hello everyone! 🙂

Yesterday, I went to see ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ at the New Theatre in Cardiff. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this! It was an amazing experience to see this performed on stage after I’d seen the film twice and the performances of the cast and the production values are extremely good.

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is based on the film starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as well as on the short novella by Stephen King called ‘Rita Heywood and the Shawshank Redemption’ (in the anthology book ‘Different Seasons’). My DVD review of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is here.

This amazing film was adapted into theatre by Dave Johns and Owen O’Neill, who have worked together in the theatre on a version of ‘Twelve Angry Men’ in 2003. It was directed by David Esbjornson and stars Ian Kelsey as Andy Dufresne and Patrick Robinson as Red Redding.

The story of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is about Andy, a banker who is wrongly accused for the double murder of his wife and lover. Sentenced for life at Shawshank maximum security prison, Andy makes friends with prison spiv Red and keeps on looking for hope to find a reason to live…

The performances of Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson as Andy and Red are spell-bounding and I was amazed at how fast everything went with so much going on in two acts and an interval in-between. The story was very moving in the film and it was equally moving to see when watching it on stage.

I very much liked the incidental music featured in the stage production of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. As the story spanned over 20 years of Andy’s life in prison from the 1940s and 50s, this music included songs like ‘Somewhere Beyond The Sea’ and ‘Return To Sender’ which I liked.

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ film was recommended to me by Sarah Sutton who plays Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’. I’m very grateful that I’ve now seen both the film and the stage production of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ in the space of two years. It was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review on the stage version of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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