A British Subject at 59E59 Theatre B
59E59 Theaters hosts the US premiere of A British Subject, written by Nichola McAuliffe, at the 2009 Brits Off Broadway festival.
A British Subject comes to NY from the Pleasance in Edinburgh, where it premiered during the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The play opens at 59E59's Theater B on 13 Dec 2009, following previews from 9 Dec, for a limited enagement through to 3 Jan 2010.
At the age of 18, Mirza Tahir Hussain, A British Subject, arrived in Pakistan. 24 hours later a taxi driver was dead and Tahir was tried for his murder. Condemned to hang in the Criminal Court, he spent 18 years on Death Row. Don Mackay of the Daily Mirror was the only journalist to visit him in that time.
Written by and starring Olivier Award-winning actress (and Mackay's wife) Nichola McAuliffe, A British Subject is their tale that travels from the backstage of a Noel Coward play in the heart of London to the squalid jails of Pakistan as Mackay and McAuliffe race to free this British national from his date with the gallows.
Directed by Hannah Eidinow, A British Subject also features Tom Cotcher, Kulvinder Ghir and Shiv Grewal.
Prior to A British Subject, Nichola McAuliffe (playwright) was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her play 'National Hero' starring Timothy West. On stage, she was most recently seen as' Marjorie' in 'Home,' part of the 2009 Peter Hall Season. She won an Olivier award for 'Kiss Me Kate,' Manchester Evening News Award for the 'Wild Duck,' Edinburgh Stage Award for 'Bed Among the Lentils' and the Clarence Derwent award for 'Poppy.; Best Known on TV as 'Sheila Sabatini' in 'Surgical Spirit.' Her Novels include 'The Crime Tsar,' 'Attila Loolagax' and the 'Eagle' (Bloomsbury) and 'A Fanny Full of Soap' (Oberon).
Hannah Eidinow (director) Edinburgh credits include: two Scottish Fringe First Winning Plays 'Gone' in 2004, which also won Guardians Fringe Awards' Best Play and transferred to New Ambassadors, West End; and 'What I Heard About Iraq' in 2006 (regional Tour and Arts Theatre in London, 2007) Other Credits: 'The Lady from the Sea.'(Sunday Times' Top Theatre Pick).
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