Sit & Shiver
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Posted: January 12 2007


12 January 2007 ( - A re-staged version of Steven Berkoff’s ‘Sit and Shiver’ will be presented at the Hackney Empire from Thursday 25 January for a three and a half week season to Sunday 18 February 2007. The press night is on Monday 29 January at 7.30pm. The European première ran for a six week sell out season at the New End last May/June. Steven Berkoff will now take the role of Lionel.

The cast also includes: Catherine Bailey, Russell Bentley, Leila Crerar, Barry Davis, Louise Jameson, Sue Kelvin, Frank Lazarus, Bernice Stegers. SIT AND SHIVER is written and directed by Steven Berkoff, assistant director is Susie McKenna, with design by Lotte Collett and lighting by Mike Robertson. It is presented by Hackney Empire Ltd, New End Theatre in association with SAW Productions.

This comedy is set in London’s East End. A husband and wife are mourning for the wife’s father, a stern patriarch with a reputation for self-denial and integrity. During this day of mourning, a visitor arrives bringing some astounding news which affects the family and friends who have come to pay their respects. Some of the characters are based on Steven Berkoff’s own family background. An earlier version of ‘Sit and Shiver’ was seen in Los Angeles in 2004. Faber and Faber have published the text.

Steven Berkoff’s award winning career includes original plays ‘East’ Edinburgh Festival 1975, and in which he appeared at Hackney Empire in 1980; ‘Decadence’, ‘Greek’, ‘Kvetch’, ‘Acapulco’. His many adaptations include the celebrated Kafka’s’ ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘The Trial’ and ‘Agamemnon’ (After Aeschylus). These have all been seen worldwide and in many languages. He directed and starred in his own play ‘Messiah’ at the Old Vic. In 2005 he directed ‘Richard II’ at the Ludlow Festival. Film credits include in ‘The Flying Scotsman’ (2006) with Jonny Lee Miller, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and ‘The Krays’. There will be an exhibition of Steven Berkoff’s East End photographs at the Hackney Empire during the run.

Catherine Bailey was seen in The Tricycle in ‘Walk Hard,Talk Loud’. Barry Davis’s recent film credits include ‘The Merchant of Venice’ with Al Pacino, Ridley Scott’s ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ with Orlando Bloom, Spielberg’s ‘Munich’. Louise Jameson played Rosa De Marco in ‘EastEnders’ and has been in many productions with the RSC and National. Sue Kelvin has performed in ‘Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand’ at the New End/Kings Head, on tour and at the Edinburgh Festival. Mike Robertson designed the lighting for ‘Sunday In The Park With George’.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Box Office 020 8985 2424

Perfs Mons to Sat 7.30pm Press perf Mon 29 Jan 7.30pm No perfs 2 & 3 Feb

Thurs 8 &15 Feb mats 1.30pm, Sun 18 Feb 3.00pm

Prices: £16.50 concs £12.50 and £10.00 (running time 2 hours)

Tube:Central Line to Bethnal Green, then 10 mins on 106 or 254 bus. Victoria Line to Highbury & Islington, then 30 or 277, or 7 mins on Silverlink to Hackney Central.

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236 (24hr), 242 (24hr), 253, 254, 276, 277 (24hr), 394, D6, W15, N38, N55, N106, N253


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