The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption

Stage version of the hugely popular film, taken from Stephen King's novella.

Adapting something so beloved in the hearts of a generation is a risky business but producer Bill Kenwright is no stranger to such risks.

The story of an innocent prisoner coming to terms with a brutal long term jail sentence is often voted the best film of all time, despite it flopping like a lead balloon on its release, is a rare thing indeed. Why?

Like football, like beer, like the best times you've seen Morrissey live, 'The Shawshank Redemption' taps into that rarely explored subject - non gay male love. No wonder it won the hearts of people all over the world.

If the stage adaptation can have half of the emotional pull of the film or the book, it'll be worth it.

By: Rob Martin

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