Last Updated on 4 August 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team
The Shawshank Redemption 2022 Tour
The Shawshank Redemption is to tour the UK in Autumn 2022 starring Joe Absolom and Ben Onwukwe.
Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, this thrilling stage production examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum-security facility.
The 1994 feature film, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was nominated for seven Academy Awards. The Shawshank Redemption went on to become the nation’s favourite movie and a huge source of inspiration to filmmakers, with The National Film Registry citing the film as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
WHAT IS THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION ABOUT?
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.
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 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 2022 TOUR CAST
This production will see Joe Absolom take on the role of the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne with Ben Onwukwe as his inmate Ellis “Red” Redding. Further casting to be announced.
With an impressive TV career, Joe Absolom has barely been off our screens in twenty-five years: from Matthew Rose in EastEnders to Al Large in Doc Martin, Christopher Halliwell in A Confession and Andy Warren in The Bay.
Boasting a 30-year stage career, Ben Onwukwe has seen leading roles with the RSC and the Royal Court, as well as 11 years on TV as Recall McKenzie in London’s Burning and, more recently, the role of Jackson Donckers in Professor T. He reprises his critically acclaimed performance as Ellis “Red” Redding inThe Shawshank Redemption, which he first played in the production’s 2016 tour.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 2022 TOUR SCHEDULE
31 August – 10 September 2022
Theatre Royal Windsor
12 – 17 September 2o22
The Theatre, Derby
19 – 24 September 2022
Festival Theatre Malvern
26 September – 1 October 2022
Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne
10 – 15 October 2022
17 – 22 October 2022
Milton Keynes Theatre
25 – 29 October 2022
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
31 October – 5 November 2022
The Lowry Salford
7 – 12 November 2022
The Alexandra Birmingham
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 2022 TOUR CREATIVE TEAM
Adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns based on the short novel by Stephen King
Directed by David Esbjornson
Designed by Gary McCann
Lighting Design by Chris Davey