Ambersons Adaptation Staged
Rush for tickets, as this is sure to draw huge crowds.
So says Barry Lenny, Arts Editor for Glam Adelaide in Australia. I’d call that a rave. Wouldn’t you?
The Magnificent Ambersons has been adapted for the stage by Adelaide’s Independent Theatre founder Rob Croser. Says he:
I first became aware of The Magnificent Ambersons as a school, or university student, watching old Mid-day Movies during the holidays. I was fascinated by the story, the characters, and the eerily-lit mansion which the Amberson family inhabited. I suppose I saw it a number of times over many years. And – as my interest in films and directors developed – I became aware of the history of Orson Welles’ obsession with the story, and of the film studio’s eventual mutilation of what many considered to be his masterpiece. A 2001 article in Vanity Fair magazine, about the film’s history, whetted my appetite even more – as did the news that an American television company was re-filming the story from Welles’ reconstructed original screenplay. I saw that film (which I liked very much), then read the reviews, which attacked it for not doing what it advertised – namely faithfully reproducing the Welles screenplay scene-for-scene. About this time, I thought I’d better read Booth Tarkington’s novel, which I did. I was immediately captivated by the story and the characters, and, just as immediately, struck with the idea of what a brilliant, powerful play it would make.
Click here for some great production stills.
The play runs through this weekend if you happen to be in the neighborhood, mate!