Orson’s Shadow

Written by Austin Pendleton

Directed by Ricci Dedola

Alive Theatre presents an ingenious tale of two Hollywood Giants – Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is a West End theatre. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros, Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Viven Leigh, wrestle the muse in this witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theatre.