Twelve reasons to see Twelve Angry Men
Written by Zoe Grossman
For years, court room dramas have been a hit with audiences on television, in the cinema, and of course on the stage. On April 27, Richmond Theatre plays host to the ultimate legal thriller, Twelve Angry Men. With high stakes tension and a fabulous cast, here are twelve great reasons to get your tickets now:
1. West End winnerComing to us after a record breaking run at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, Twelve Angry Men has been a hit with audiences. So if you missed it in town, or just want to experience it all over again, this is your chance!
2. Tom ContiWith a Tony, an Olivier, and an Oscar nomination to his name, Tom Conti leads a brilliant ensemble cast starring as Juror Number Eight. This is a great opportunity to see one of the UK's finest actors in his element.
3. A tense jury roomWith a plot swayed by the influences of prejudice, justice, guilt, and doubt - what will your verdict be? Picture this: the jury has voted. Guilty: 11. Not guilty: 1. One juror works to convince the eleven others that there is reason to believe the young man on trial is innocent. There is certainly no reason to doubt that this will be an enthralling performance, and it is definitely not one to miss.
4. Success of the big screenIn 1957, Twelve Angry Men was made into a three-time Academy Award nominated film starring Henry Fonda, with all but 3 minutes of the film shot in a confining 16 by 24 foot jury room!
5. From stage to screenTwelve Angry Men actually began as a TV play, and was then adapted for film and stage! The stage version was first seen in London in 1964.
6. Conti as a JurorIronically enough, Tom Conti, who plays the protagonist Juror Number Eight, has never actually served as a member of a jury. He did his research, though, reading and asking friends about what it means to be on a jury in order to best execute his role.
7. Star-studded castHaving been hailed as the 'classiest, most intelligent drama in the West End', Twelve Angry Men has a wonderful cast. Joining award-winning Tom Conti are Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street), Denis Lill (The Royal), Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey), Andrew Fram (EastEnders), Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), David Calvitto (These Shining Lives), Mark Carter (Hollyoaks), and Sean Power (Secret Diary of a Call Girl). With a line-up like this,the stage is certainly set with a cast ready to entertain.
8. A classic takes to the stageTwelve Angry Men is studied in classrooms across the world, teaching young people and adults alike the importance and impact of influence, prejudice, and group dynamics. With such important lessons to teach, this show is a great choice for people of all ages!
9. Rave reviewsWith four stars from The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Daily Express, and Sunday Mirror, this is not the show to miss. 'Perfection ... Exquisitely designed ... Lives in the mind long after the final curtain'. The Daily Telegraph
10. A Kenwright productionProducer Bill Kenwright is one of the UK's most successful theatre producers, best-known for the record breaking tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the long-running West End hit Blood Brothers. A Kenwright production is sure to be an unforgettable theatre experience!
11. Rose's true inspirationReginald Rose wrote Twelve Angry Men with real experience as inspiration. He served as a jury member for a manslaughter case in Manhattan in the early 1050s, so with his experience as the backbone of the play, you'd certainly be found guilty if you missed the opportunity to see this show!
12. An edge of your seat dramaWith a thrilling and nail-biting climax, Twelve Angry Men promises to be a powerful, intense, and thought-provoking drama, one that relays the message of the power of influence - it's a must-see!
Twelve Angry Men is playing at Richmond Theatre Monday 27 April - Saturday 2 May