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‘AVA: The Secret Conversations’ Elizabeth McGovern

AVA: The Secret Conversations, the spellbinding new play from Elizabeth McGovern

The incredible cast and creatives have been announced for AVA: The Secret Conversations, the spellbinding new play from Elizabeth McGovern based on the book by Peter Evans and Ava  Gardner. Taking to the stage with Academy Award-nominee McGovern (Downton Abbey, ITV),  who stars as Ava, is Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Punisher, Netflix) as Peter Evans, the  journalist Ava hired to write her autobiography when she lived in 1980s London. Directed by  filmmaker Gaby Dellal (3 Generations, Big Beach; Angels Crest, Process Film), AVA is a captivating exploration into the fractured relationship between the public and private lives of  one of Hollywood’s greatest icons.

Producer Karl Sydow comments, I’m thrilled to have cast Anatol Yusef alongside Elizabeth  McGovern in this fantastic new play that explores so much about what the legendary Ava  Gardner had to deal with throughout her illustrious career and tumultuous marriages. 

Part memory play, part sparring match, through this tense and witty play Ava and Peter debate,  fight and flirt their way through the memories of Ava’s fabulous life as they struggle to get the  story straight. Expect a rich sensory journey through Ava’s whisky-soaked recollections of her  life as an actor and with her three famous husbands – Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Ol’ Blue  Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

The production will feature design by 59 Productions (Oslo, Broadway and West End; An  American In Paris, Broadway, West End, Paris and US Tour), who will bring their unique talents  with projection design to the production, evoking the magical atmosphere of Hollywood’s  heyday. It also features costume design by Fotini Dimou (The Children’s Act, BBC Films; Hay  Fever, Chichester Festival Theatre) with lighting design by Elliot Griggs (Fleabag, Wyndham’s  Theatre; An Octoroon, National Theatre), sound design by Ella Wahlström (I Think We Are Alone,  Frantic Assembly; Anna, National Theatre) and is produced by Karl Sydow with the support of  the Ava Gardner Trust.

Title AVA: The Secret Conversations 

Dates 14th January – 16th April 2022 

Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm 

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 3pm 

Running time 2 hours inc interval tbc 

Location Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street,  Hammersmith, London W6 9BN 

How to get there Nearest tube station is Hammersmith (Circle, District,  Hammersmith and City, and Piccadilly lines)  

Box Office Tickets are priced £20, £40, £57.50 (except on Friday and  Saturday evenings: £20, £40, £62.50) from  https://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/ and 020 8237 1010