There’s a bit of a reunion planned for former medics Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson but it’s set to be behind bars.
The pair will be taking on iconic roles in a national tour of Bill Kenwright’s production of The Shawshank Redemption
There was immediate speculation as to what would be next for Ian Kelsey after it was announced that he was to bring to an end his role as practice manager Howard Bellamy in BBC One’s Doctors.
Having hardly been off our screens for over two decades, Ian has become one of TV’s best loved and most prolific leading men.
Ian leaves his starring role in a closely guarded story line this November to play Andy Dufresne, a banker who, having been handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, finds himself incarcerated in the notorious Shawshank penitentiary.
Ian’s other major TV roles have included four years in BBC One’s Casualty, three years in Emmerdale, two years in Down To Earth, six years in Blue Murder and in the final series of Where The Heart Is.
His remarkable list of credits have also seen him in Touching Evil, Murder in Mind and Hotel Babylon. As a leading man in London’s West End, Ian’s stage credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Danny Zuko in Grease.
Joining Ian is television’s Patrick Robinson, who is best known for his role as staff nurse-turned-consultant Martin ‘Ash’ Ashford in BBC’s Casualty.
Unflinching in his protests of innocence, Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, played by Robinson, and things take a slight turn for the better.
But a desperate plan is quietly hatched when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy.
2015 tour dates
August 18-29, Theatre Royal, Windsor
August 31-September 5, Leeds Grand
September 7-12, Theatre Royal, Brighton
September 14-19, Richmond Theatre
September 21-26, Theatre Royal, Bath
September 28-October 3, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
October 5-10, Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
October 12-17, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
October 19-24, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
October 26-31, Theatre Royal, Norwich
November 2-7, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
November 9-14, New Victoria, Woking
November 16-21, Milton Keynes Theatre
November 23-28, New Theatre, Cardiff.