Cast is announced today for the premiere of Complicite’s new play The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on the life of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans and adapted from his memoir, which runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from Tuesday 7 March to Saturday 8 April 2017, with press night on Wednesday 15 March 2017.
Thomas Arnold, Heather Burns, Max Casella, Clint Dyer, Danny Huston, Ajay Naidu and Madeleine Potter have been cast in the production, which is directed by Complicite artistic director Simon McBurney and adapted by McBurney and James Yeatman.
Other creatives are: co-director James Yeatman with set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Christina Cunningham, video design by Simon Wainwright, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by Pete Malkin.
“There are three sides to every story: my side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently.”
In the 1960s and 70s, Robert Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. He saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown. By the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life spiralling at epic proportions. In 1994 he published his award-winning autobiography, chronicling it all.
Director Simon McBurney explores the rise and fall of the legendary film producer against the backdrop of a changing America through the second half of the 20th century.
“I went from royalty to infamy. Royalty fades. Infamy stays.”
The Kid Stays in the Picture is co-produced with Patrick Milling Smith, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson, Brian Carmody and Royal Court Theatre Productions in association with Complicite. Heather Burns, Max Casella and Ajay Naidu are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.