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Shawshank Redemption Stage Play Plans UK Tour

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Shawshank takeover Stage Play Plans UK Tour

Joe Absolom and Ben Onwukwe will direct the work based on Stephen King’s story.

Joe Absolom and Ben Onwukwe


The stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption will embark on a new UK tour from August 31 at the Theater Royal in Windsor. The cast will be led by Joe Absolom (Midsomer Murders) like Andy Dufresne and Ben Onwukwe (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) as Ellis “Red” Redding. Onwukwe returns to the role after starring in a UK tour of the work in 2016; this production will be re-staged for this new release.

David Esbjornson is back at the helm after leading the 2016 tour, with designs by Gary McCann and lighting by Chris Davey. Additional casting and creative teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

This stage adaptation of Stephen King’s short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, best known for its 1994 screen adaptation starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is written by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, centering on banker Andy, who is wrongfully sentenced to life and befriends a fellow prisoner. The work debuted in 2009 at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin, playing in London’s West End later the same year. The adaptation made its North American debut in 2019 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater in Missouri.

The new tour is produced by Bill Kenwright.