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The Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption / The Assembly Rooms)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

This theatrical adaptation reminds us that one of American cinema’s best-loved films was itself based on source material. Stephen King’s original story is given some interesting touches, creating a poignant tale of pain, prison, and platonic friendships that will move even those well-acquainted with the movie. Omid Djalili proves a strong stage actor, though not quite as memorable as Morgan Freeman in the role of Red. But – given the greater emphasis on humour – he brings out the comedy in the excellent script more effectively. A slightly pricier Fringe show, but one that fans of the film will adore.

The Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug (not 12), 4.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Arjun Sajip]