Lee Harvey Oswald – A Far Mean Streak of Independence Brought on by Negleck

by Michael Hastings

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2013

“If Lee Harvey Oswald did it, he could not have done it alone. If he did not, he must be the hit of the century. If he was involved and somehow double-crossed, alive today must be persons with the guilt of awful silence.”

The first London production in over 40 years

Most performances are now sold out.
Extra matinee added on Monday, 18 November 2013 at 2.00pm

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OffWestEnd Award Nomination for Best Male Performance – Adam Gillen

A Finborough Theatre commission, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – with an special additional performance on Friday, 22 November at 12.30pm at the exact time of the assassination.

Dallas, Texas. 12.30pm. Friday, 22 November 1963. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

Approximately 70 minutes later, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.

48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald himself was murdered.

Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, we follow the unsettled drifting life of Lee Harvey Oswald – his loveless marriage to his Russian wife, his challenging relationship with his mother and his pathological hatred of Kennedy’s life and achievements. Oswald had the means, motive and opportunity, but did he even do it? Could a man who never did anything on his own murder a President?

Based on Oswald’s own diary notes and interviews (the subtitle comes from Oswald’s diary in his own spelling), Lee Harvey Oswald has been performed from Tokyo to Mexico City to Prague, but never in the United States. Originally commissioned and performed at Hampstead Theatre in 1966 as The Silence of Lee Harvey Oswald as part of their ‘Living Theatre’ series of documentary drama, this rediscovery is the first London production in over 40 years – and the first UK production since its original premiere, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.

About The Playwright Michael Hastings

Playwright Michael Hastings (1938–2011) was the winner of two Emmy Awards, two BAFTAs, the Somerset Maugham Award and nominated for an Oscar. His first play – Don’t Destroy Me – was produced when he was just 18 years old at the New Lindsey Theatre Club, Notting Hill, and he went on to become part of the first wave of new playwrights at George Devine’s Royal Court Theatre. He won the Evening Standard Award in 1979 for Gloo Joo, but remains best known for Tom and Viv, his 1984 play about the poet T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, first seen at the Royal Court Theatre, adapted into a film in 1994, and recently revived at the Almeida Theatre. He also wrote extensively for television and film including The American, starring Diana Rigg, and The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. He also wrote novels, biographies, and collaborated with the composer Michael Nyman on the libretti for the operas Man and Boy and Love Counts.

About The Director Alex Thorpe

Director Alex Thorpe is currently Assistant Director on Shakespeare’s Globe’s production on Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3. Theatre as director includes Metamorphosis (Little Angel Theatre), Newlands by Janice Okoh (Islington Community Theatre and National Theatre Pop-Up Workshop), Relief (Theatre503), Rubbish, Inherited Risk Factors (Eyebrow Productions), One Act Play Festival (Almeida Projects). Assistant Direction includes assisting Dawn Walton on One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Tricycle Theatre and Sheffield Theatres), Paul Miller on Democracy (The Old Vic and Sheffield Theatres), Nick Bagnall on Henry VI (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Betrayal (Sheffield Theatres), and Jonathan Munby on Company (Sheffield Theatres). Alex also delivers theatre workshops for organisations include The Old Vic, Almeida Theatre and Little Angel Theatre. Alex will be taking over the artistic leadership of Iso Productions this Autumn. is currently Assistant Director on Shakespeare’s Globe’s production on Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3. Theatre as director includes Metamorphosis (Little Angel Theatre), Newlands by Janice Okoh (Islington Community Theatre and National Theatre Pop-Up Workshop), Relief (Theatre503), Rubbish, Inherited Risk Factors (Eyebrow Productions), One Act Play Festival (Almeida Projects). Assistant Direction includes assisting Dawn Walton on One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Tricycle Theatre and Sheffield Theatres), Paul Miller on Democracy (The Old Vic and Sheffield Theatres), Nick Bagnall on Henry VI (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Betrayal (Sheffield Theatres), and Jonathan Munby on Company (Sheffield Theatres). Alex also delivers theatre workshops for organisations include The Old Vic, Almeida Theatre and Little Angel Theatre. Alex will be taking over the artistic leadership of Iso Productions this Autumn.

About The Designer Katie Lias

Designer Katie Lias studied Set and Costume Design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before gaining a one-year contract to work as a resident design assistant for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Design assistant work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes As You Like It, The Drunks, and Arabian Nights. Designs include Address Unknown (Soho Theatre), Shakespeare in a Suitcase: The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company on National Tour), The Fred Karno Project (Bristol Old Vic), On the Razzle, Hot Fudge, Ice Cream, Liliom, Way to Heaven, Love and Money, Women, Power and Politics Now (Arts Educational Schools), Much Ado About Nothing (East15), No Expense Spared (Jermyn Street Theatre), Word: Play 3, Coalition (Theatre503), Tinderbox (Site-Specific), The Lower Depths (Barons Court Theatre), The Plague (Lost Theatre), The Day They Banned Christmas (Courtyard Theatre), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Brockley Jack Theatre), In The Summerhouse, Penthesilea, Man Equals Man (RADA), and Act of Memory, a film produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. Costume Designs include deadkidsongs and The Welsh Boy (Ustinov Studio, Bath) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Polka Theatre). www.katielias.com

The Press on Lee Harvey Oswald

OffWestEnd Award Nomination for Best Male Performance - Adam Gillen

“Dramatising direct quotation from the Warren Commission’s transcripts, and taking inspiration from the testimony of his wife and mother, Lee Harvey Oswald’s personality and identity is under examination.” Piero McCarthy, Bargain Theatreland

“It’s a very interesting play with many complexities. You are not meant to come out of it with your mind made up about whether or not Lee did it, but rather to be able to ponder what led an ordinary man to the events of that day. It’s thought-provoking, well-acted and well worth a trip to the always enjoyable Finborough Theatre.” Everything Theatre

“An important production.” Carole Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Adam Gillen is smouldering in the leading role.” Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

“Gillen gives an outstanding performance as Oswald.” Carole Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Played with such magnetism by Adam Gillen.” Daniel Harrison, A Younger Theatre

“Brilliantly played by Adam Gillen who rages between charming and childlike to moments of uncontrolled violence.” Kate Finburg, Broadway World

“Adam Gillen is wonderful as Lee Harvey Oswald.” Michael Hastings, Everything Theatre

“Adam Gillen’s Oswald is excellent. Gillen stays fully in character with every step, every breath and every shout. He’s cruel, paranoid and angry yet childish and vulnerable.” Michael Hastings, Everything Theatre

“Gemma Lawrence is excellent as Marina.” Carole Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Gemma Lawrence as Marina provides a committed and gutsy performance.” Daniel Harrison, A Younger Theatre

“Wonderfully acted by Gemma Lawrence.” Michael Hastings, Everything Theatre

“Gemma Lawrence supplies a fascinating performance.” Carole Woddis, Londongrip

“Alex Thorpe creates an atmosphere of suspense and uneasiness in this intense production.” Carole Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“The Finborough proves once again that it is the home of thoughtful, punchy…political theatre.” Daniel Harrison, A Younger Theatre

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2013

Tickets and Times

Monday 7:30pm
Tuesday 2:00pm
Friday Special performance on Friday, 22 November 2013 at 12.20pm
Sunday 7:30pm

Approximately 2hrs including one interval