Booking from: Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 2 September 2017
Running time: 2 hours (One interval)
The Arts theatre is the perfect venue for I Loved Lucy, Lee Tannen's affectionate portrait of the Hollywood darling Lucille Ball. It examines his unique long-term relationship with the woman who redefined TV comedy in the USA during the twentieth century. Following a thrilling season at the Jermyn Street theatre, the play runs at The Arts for a limited season between 19th July to 2nd September 2017.
Lee Tannen spend the last decade of Ball's life travelling with her. The resulting play has proved incredibly popular, a real insight into the life and interior landscape of the comedy legend. It's personal, funny and bitter-sweet, starring the marvellous Sandra Dickinson as Lucy and Matthew Scott as Lee, with the actor enjoying his London theatreland début.
The play is inspired by Tannen's best selling memoir, adapted in 2010 for the stage and enjoying a rip-roaring première at The Laguna Playhouse. It reveals a long-held mystery: who was Lucille Ball in real life? On TV she was quirky, eccentric, bold and hilariously funny. Come along and see what's revealed in Tannen's modern classic of a portrait.
Sandra Dickinson is well known in the West End for roles in Singin’ In The Rain, A Streetcar Named Desire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Not About Nightingales and Orpheus Descending. Matthew Scott has played Adam Hochberg on Broadway in An American in Paris, and has wowed audiences in Sondheim On Sondheim, A Catered Affair and the original Jersey Boys musical.
The play is beautifully directed by Anthony Biggs, the Jermyn Street theatre's Artistic Director. The set and costume design is by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Tim Mascall, sound design by Gareth McLeod and production by Gary DiMauro. The end result is a play you won't want to miss, an affectionate portrait of a totally unique personality.