The Screenwriter’s Daughter to get European premiere at Leicester Square Theatre

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The Screenwriter’s Daughter, a new American play by veteran Hollywood writer and playwright Larry Mollin about the life of the illustrious Hollywood icon, Ben Hecht, as seen through the tempestuous relationship between Ben and his free-spirited, young, 60s-generation daughter Jenny, will get its European premiere in a five-week season in the Lounge at Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday 28th October 2015.

Rich and powerful, Ben Hecht was a successful screenwriter, writing 120 screenplays during Hollywood’s Golden Era, including many, like Gone With the Wind, without a screen credit. He wrote the classic gangster drama Scarface, won the first Oscar for Original Screenplay in 1927, and for Alfred Hitchcock he wrote a number of his best psycho-dramas, receiving his final Academy Award nomination for Notorious.

Hecht was blacklisted in the UK in the 40s and 50s for his political activism, but he has also been recognised for his human rights efforts in creating public awareness of the Holocaust and furthering the cause of Jews around the world.

In The Screenwriter’s Daughter Hecht is 71, balding, urbane and cynical, and with an appreciation for the finer things in life. But his relationship with his daughter is difficult and, against her father’s wishes, Jenny joins the revolutionary, avant garde theatre troupe, The Living Theatre, and lives with them in a commune in New York.

Directed by Anna Ostergren and produced by Irwin Olian, the show will star Samantha Dakin, Paul Easom, Tom Hunter and Laura Pradelska.

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