The Shawshank Redemption (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Shawshank Redemption

Photo: Douglas Robertson

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).

Shawshank Redemption

  • 3 stars

Shawshank Redemption / The Assembly Rooms. Inside Shawshank you have two options - get busy living or get busy dying. This witty and poignant new adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of death and life in a men's prison is set to be the theatre highlight of this year's Fringe. Omid Djalili heads a powerful cast in a…