The Shawshank Redemption comes to Curve’s stage this October.

The nation’s favourite movie becomes an acclaimed stage event this Autumn.

This new production is based on Stephen King‘s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Now adapted in a thrilling stage production by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns. The production examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum-security facility.

Probably most known for the 1994 feature which was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It also starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

The Shawshank Redemption went on to become the nation’s favourite movie of all time and a huge source of inspiration to filmmakers for years to come.

The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne. Andy has been handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, despite protesting his innocence. He’s incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility and quickly learns that no one can survive alone.

Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched..

In this production, we will see Joe Absolom take on the role of the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne. He is a familiar face on our screens having been on them for twenty-five years; including playing Al Large in Doc Martin.

“It’s exciting to be bringing Stephen King’s story to new audiences”

Ben Onwukwe

Performing alongside him as his inmate Ellis “Red” Redding is Ben Onwukwe. Boasting a 30-year stage career including leading roles with the RSC and the Royal Court, as well as 11 years on TV as Recall McKenzie in London’s Burning.

The Shawshank Redemption comes to Curve Monday 10 to Saturday 15 October. Tickets are on sale now. Find out more and book by visiting, calling 0116 242 3595 or visiting Curve’s Box Office in-person.

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