Florian Zeller’s five-star play THE FATHER returned to the West End for a four-week run at the Duke of York’s last month. Joining Olivier winner Kenneth Cranham was Amanda Drew who replaced Claire Skinner as his daughter Anne.
Amanda has previously signed a few of my drawings so this gave me another opportunity to catch up with her to get my latest sketch signed-a montage of her versatile and varied stage career over the past seventeen years, incorporating PARLOUR SONG (2009), ENRON (2010), THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (1999), MADAME BOVARY (2003), OTHERWISE ENGAGED (2005) and her current role.
THE FATHER is currently on a short tour,which concludes at the Royal Brighton Theatre at the end of the month.
The world premiere production of Lucy Prebble’s celebrated play Enron sold out its entire run at the Minerva Theatre Chichester and all of its tickets before opening its six week run at the Royal Court. It transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in January 2010. Directed by Rupert Goold, the cast featured Samuel West, Amanda Drew, Tim Pigott-Smith and Tom Goodman-Hill.
Enron was inspired by one of the most famous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the fiscal turmoil in which the world currently finds itself. Its tagline: A true story of false profits.
Despite its commercial and critical success, Enron lasted just over a month on Broadway at the Broadhunt Theatre in the Summer of 2010. A ‘hostile’ review by The New York Times critic Ben Brantley is thought to have contributed to the premature clsoure. As the Guardian’s Michael Billington pointed out, “no serious play on Broadway can survive a withering attack from The New York Times, which carries the force of a papal indictment”. It did pick up a Tony nomination for Original Score.
The four leads all signed my sketch at the Noël Coward stage door on 8 May 2010.
British actress Amanda Drew is equally at home in a drama or a comedy or for that matter, on stage or on screen. She’s been seen on the small screen in all the major UK TV shows and is a regular on the London boards. Amanda was playing Judy in Nationals THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME at the Apollo, until the roof collapsed last December. The play will resume in the Gielgud next door from 24 June. I drew Amanda playing the sultry Joy in Jez Butterworth’s PARLOUR SONG at the Almeida Theatre in March 2009. She featured opposite Andrew Lincoln in a story where martial bliss turns into domestic boredom, then a mix of paranoid fantasy, surreal nightmares and dreams of escape follow! Amanda is always very nice to meet and have a chat. She did so on her way into the Duchess theatre in late summer, 2011 for a matinee performance of BUTLEY, signing the sketch in the process.