Cell block drama, The Shawshank Redemption, comes to Milton Keynes

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It’s one of the big iconic prison movies of all time and now the national stage tour of The Shawshank Redemption comes to Milton Keynes Theatre.

The drama stars two of television’s most popular doctors – Patrick Robinson and Ian Kelsey.

Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover.

Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone but Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better.

However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

The funny thing is that when the 1994 movie of The Shawshank Redemption was released in cinemas, in terms of box office takings, it was considered a flop. Now it is voted Britain’s favourite ever movie time and again.

Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, this play, which is adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns and directed by David Esbjornson, examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility.

Kelsey, star of Doctors, Casualty and Where The Heart Is, plays Andy Dufresne and Robinson, late of Casualty, is Red.

The cast also includes Ian Barritt as Brooksie, co-writer Owen O’Neill as the bible-thumping warden, Stammas, Leigh Jones as Rooster and Kevin Mathurin as Bogs Diamond.

The Shawshank Redemption runs at Milton Keynes Theatre from November 16-21.

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