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The unseen side of Marilyn Monroe

Posted on 30/03/2015 by Helga Pearson in The Georgian Theatre Royal marilyn monroe dyad productions
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The final hours of one of the world’s best-known and enigmatic movie stars will be played out on stage on Friday 3 April at 7.30pm, revealing the woman behind the icon as never seen before.

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe is a snapshot in time - August 2nd, 1962.  Monroe is alone in her bedroom, in a dressing gown and underwear: no glitz, no glamour, no masks. Overdosed on pills, she unravels her remarkable life and travels back through the memories of her closest relationships. Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood legend tells all – Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Arthur Miller, her mother – it’s all here, revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, and leads us in real time to the very moment of her death.

Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones and performed by Lizzie Wort, this is the latest offering from Dyad Productions, who create, produce and tour classic theatre with an innovative and contemporary emphasis.

This radical interpretation of one of the world’s most famous women is Dyad’s fifth original production in as many years, and, although a work of fiction, exposes the truth behind the legend. 

Previous works, Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth were five-star successes at Edinburgh and Adelaide in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, with The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Female Gothic and Dalloway garnering five-star reviews at Edinburgh 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively.  All five plays continue to tour across the UK and internationally, while Austen’s Women returned to Edinburgh for a limited sell-out run at Assembly in 2013. 

Tickets from £7 to £20 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via this website.


★★★★★ ‘Simply stunning.’ (Edinburgh Reporter)

★★★★★ ‘Spellbinding’ (London Theatre)

★★★★ ‘Anything but unremarkable’ (Three Weeks)

★★★★ ‘Fantastic’ (Broadway Baby)

★★★★ ‘Powerful and poetic… a dazzling performance’ (Edinburgh Guide)

 ‘Handles Marilyn’s life with intelligence and compassion’ (The Stage)

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