Twelve Angry Men at The Alexandra, Birmingham - Review

Twelve Angry Men at The Alexandra, Birmingham - Review

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Posted 2023-10-31 by Andy Colemanfollow

Mon 30 Oct 2023 - Sat 04 Nov 2023

After appearing together in last year's touring version of Catch Me If You Can , Patrick Duffy, Gray O'Brien, Ben Nealon and Paul Lavers are back at The Alexandra , this time in Twelve Angry Men, probably best remembered as the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated movie starring Henry Fonda as the juror who fights for justice.



The Bill Kenwright stage production has recently completed two West End seasons at London’s Garrick Theatre starring Martin Shaw, followed by Tom Conti. The touring version is packed with familiar faces from our TV screens: Patrick Duffy (Man from Atlantis, Dallas), Tristan Gemmill (Coronation Street, Casualty), Michael Greco (EastEnders), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier), Gary Webster (Minder, Family Affairs) and Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, Peak Practice) to name just a few.



And what a great ensemble the whole cast is, taking the roles of 12 jury members deciding if a 16-year-old youth murdered his father. If the verdict is guilty, the sentence will be death.

Patrick Duffy (pictured below), taking the Henry Fonda role, is the voice of reason, calmly dissecting the evidence and initially being the only juror to proclaim the youth as not guilty.



Gray O'Brien and Tristan Gemmill give scene-stealing performances - they really are 'Angry Men' as their prejudices and bigotry are gradually revealed. Michael Greco is also very watchable as he frets about missing a sports event because the deliberation is, in his opinion, taking too long.

The play is beautifully crafted by writer Reginald Rose (who died in 2002) and director Christopher Haydon, creating a riveting theatre experience. On opening night at The Alexandra, it received a well-deserved standing ovation. Verdict? Five stars!




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