See the transformation of Sandra Dickinson into Lucille Ball for I Loved Lucy as the first images are released.
Based on his best-selling memoir, Lee Tannen’s funny, bitter-sweet play I Loved Lucy, an intimate portrait of America’s comic sweetheart Lucille Ball, will get its UK premiere in a four-week season at Jermyn Street Theatre from Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 27th February, directed by Anthony Biggs.
Awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucille Ball remains one of Hollywood’s best-loved stars. With her trademark red hair and goofy persona, she will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo on her groundbreaking 1950s TV sitcom, I Love Lucy, which co-starred her real-life husband Desi Arnaz and was produced by their own TV company, Desilu Productions. Shown around the world and topping the ratings every year in the US, it is still regarded today as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in TV history. When the show ended, Lucy took sole control of Desilu Productions, making her the first woman to run a major TV production studio. She won four Emmys and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in recognition for her life’s work. On 6th August 2011, which would have been her 100th birthday, Google honoured her with an interactive doodle on their homepage featuring classic moments from I Love Lucy.
I Loved Lucy is a personal portrait of an iconic comedic entertainer whose public face is all too well known. But what was Lucille Ball really like and how did she choose to live her life…at the end of her life? Out of the spotlight. I Loved Lucy reveals the real-life Lucy and what is was like being her friend to the end.
I Loved Lucy stars Sandra Dickinson (A Streetcar Named Desire, Not about Nightingales, Orpheus Descending) as Lucy and Matthew Bunn (The Ladykillers) as Lee. It is directed by Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director Anthony Biggs (The River Line, On Approval, The First Man).
Visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk to book tickets.
Images: Scott Rylander