IF YOU loved the classic film, The Shawshank Redemption, then don’t miss this stage version coming to The Playhouse in Weston.

Directed by award-winning Broadway director David Esbjornson, this powerful and acclaimed production is adapted from Stephen King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was made into the 1994 Oscar Award winning film. It focuses on an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red and a new inmate, Andy. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched.

The play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility.

David Esbjornson is an award-winning international director and his work includes the Broadway debut and West End productions of Driving Miss Daisy starring Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines.

This powerful acclaimed production was adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns with design by Gary McCann and lighting by Chris Davey.

Mark Thompson, General Manager of the Playhouse said “We’re delighted that Bill Kenwright has agreed to include our venue on his tour list for this new and exciting production. Anyone who has seen the movie or read the book will know that all that attend are in for a fantastic treat and a truly wonderful night of entertainment.”

The Playhouse, Monday, September 19-24.