Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd presents AND IN THE END: The Death and Life of John Lennon which is written and directed by Alexander Marshall, Lighting & Design by Andy Grange, Art Direction by Shannon MacDonald, Sound Design by Phil Lee and Incidental Music by Jon Gordon. Starring Valentine Pelka as John Lennon with Martin Bendel, Helen Phillips and Spencer Cowan from 7 May to 1 June at Jermyn Street Theatre.
December 8, 1980, 10.52pm New York City, The Dakota Apartments. Five gunshots ring out and one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century lies in a pool of blood struggling for life. Time stops. Fighting to stay alive, John Lennon finds himself caught in a limbo between life and death. As his former years flash before him, Gatekeepers of his past help him confront the five stages of death – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
Written by Emmy Award-winner Alexander Marshall and starring Valentine Pelka, And In The End is a searching, uplifting and humorous insight into the death and life of one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.
Former RSC member Valentine Pelka’s performance as John Lennon was critically acclaimed both at The Edinburgh Fringe and in Australia. His recent credits include Churchill’s POW, a new drama documentary for Channel 4 and the role of Charles Pearce in Howard Brenton’s Epsom Downs for Salisbury Playhouse. On TV, he is perhaps best known for his roles of Kronos in The Highlander and as Colonel Luis Montoya in The Queen of Swords. Film work includes Roman Polanski’s The Piano and Disney’s Under the Tuscan Sun.
Alexander Marshall’s previous directing credits include Fooling Buddha, American Gypsy, and Jadoo. He is the US end of the Anglo-American production team Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd. Giles Cole is the UK end of the team. Their work has included the sold out and acclaimed stage biography of Terence Rattigan The Art of Concealment by Giles Cole (also at Jermyn Street Theatre), Short Guys With Glasses and Seeing With the Mind’s Eye in Chicago and Max Maven Thinking In Person Off- Broadway. Marshall is a two-time Emmy Award-winner and in 2011 he won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his biography Beating A Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall. And In The End follows Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director Anthony Biggs’ production of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval.
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