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Prism and Ken (Modern Plays)


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The stories of a legendary cinematographer and an aspiring young playwright who receives a serendipitous phone call come together in this double-bill of Prism and Ken from acclaimed playwright Terry Johnson.

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Terry Johnson's work as a playwright includes a version of Edward Ravenscroft's The London Cuckolds, Dead Funny, and Hysteria. He is the recipient of major British theatre awards including Playwright of the Year 1995; Critics' Circle Best New Play 1995; Writers' Guild Best West End Play 1995; Olivier Award Best Comedy 1994; the Meyer-Whitworth Award 1993; and the John Whiting Award 1991. He also won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for his production of La Cage aux Folles. His play Piano/Forte premiered at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in 2006 and, most recently, his play Ken premiered at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in April 2016.


'It's all clever stuff, reminiscent of Tom Stoppard. But it's not just funny, it's unexpectedly moving, too... the heart and soul of this audacious piece remained evident throughout. The wit is never facetious, and the pain that bubbles beneath it is exquisitely balanced in two mighty central performances. * Lyn Gardner, The Guardian *
'I remember being bowled over by Terry Johnson's Hysteria when it received its premiere at the Royal Court in 1993. Twenty years on it strikes me as a modern classic. Johnson does something remarkable here combining low farce with intellectual muscle. The result is hilariously funny, genuinely thought-provoking and at key moments, deeply affecting'. * The Telegraph * affectionate, funny and poignant homage to Jack Cardiff, the great British cinematographer...Exquisitely achieved...**** -- The Independent
It's a poignant study of the impact of ageing...a gently affectionate and touching piece. -- The Financial Times

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