A revival of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys will follow Legally Blonde the Musical into the Savoy Theatre in April.
The production will star Danny DeVito in his West End debut alongside London theatre veteran, Richard Griffiths. DeVito has had an accomplished career in film and television, including his roles in Taxi, Terms of Endearment, Batman Returns, Junior, Twins, and his current role in the US television series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His directing career includes the film version of Matilda (currently running in the West End in a critically acclaimed adaptation), as well as The War of the Roses, and Hoffa. Griffiths is best known for his Olivier- and Tony-Award winning performance in The History Boys, a role he recreated in the film version. Other film credits include the Harry Potter franchise, Hugo, and Ghandi. The production will be directed by Thea Sharrock, who recently worked with Griffiths
The Sunshine Boys tells the story of a former Vaudevillian double act, who are reunited for a television comedy special after not speaking to each other for years. Their bitter rivalry is reignited in this blisteringly funny battle of two colossal egos, each unwilling to realise he relies on the other. The 1975 film version starred Walter Matthau and George Burns, who won an Academy Award for his performance.
Neil Simon is one of the most accomplished American playwrights and screenwriters of the past century. After getting his start writing for television on The Sid Caesar Show, he wrote a string of hit plays, including The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Good Doctor, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and The Goodbye Girl. In 1966 alone, he had four plays running simultaneously on Broadway: Sweet Charity, The Odd Couple, The Star-Spangled Girl, and Barefoot in the Park. In addition to the film adaptations of many of his plays, he wrote the screenplays for The Out-of-Towners and Murder by Death. He has won three Tony Awards out of 17 nominations, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers.
The Sunshine Boys will begin previews on 27 April before an official opening date of 17 May. The strictly limited season will end on 28 July, 2012.