The Shawshank Redemption
Omid Djalili and Kyle Secor in Stephen King's tale adapted for the stage
Given the warmth felt for the film adaptation of Stephen King’s prison-based novella, it’s little surprise that The Shawshank Redemption is one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Fringe. A tale of friendship and hope in the face of adversity, King’s tale – here adapted for the stage by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns – tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne and his incarceration at the ’Shank for the murder of his wife and her lover.
While fans of the film will miss some of the movie’s more cinematic moments, director Lucy Pitman-Wallace creates enough drama within the prison walls to build an effective backdrop to this ultimate tale of friendship and salvation.
Omid Djalili is a sound choice as Red, the man who can get anyone anything except himself parole. While as the wronged Dufresne, US actor Kyle Secor brings a determined humility and a quiet reflection to the role.
Certain things niggle, the passing of time doesn’t quite ring true and the reveal of the hole behind the poster is a little rushed, as is Red’s touching finale monologue, but this is a solid 90 minutes of theatre nonetheless.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 25 Aug (not 12), 4.50pm, £16 (£12).