Radical interpretation of Marilyn Monroe set to shock audiences in Chelmsford

The unremarkable death of Marilyn Monroe will be at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre

The unremarkable death of Marilyn Monroe will be at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre - Credit: Archant

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, a radical interpretation of one of the world’s most famous women, will be shocking audience members at the Cramphorn Studio theatre, in Chelmsford.

The ‘magnificent’ Dyad production strips the star back to how we have never seen her before. The show is set on August 2, 1962, Monroe, performed by Lizzie Wort, is alone in her bedroom in a dressing gown and underwear, no glitz, no glamour, no masks.

Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and travels back through the memories of her closest relationships.

Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood icon tells all, revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, and leads us in real time to the very moment of her death.

The show is Dyad’s fifth original production, written and directed by Elton Townend Jones, in as many years, and, although a work of fiction, it claims to expose the truth behind the legend.

The stunning production was one of the must see performances of the Edinburgh Festival 2013. Anyone with an interest in celebrity, scandal or the life-story of a great movie icon) should attend this show - plus those who enjoy a very well scripted production.

Big names including Peter Lawford, Bobby Kennedy, Clarke Gable, Liz Taylor, Lawrence Olivier, Joan Crawford, plus several other actors from Hollywood’s supposed golden era, get cited with varying degrees of warmth and coolness.

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Marilyn’s commentary on the behind the scenes goings on is delivered with equal measure of sharp humour and misery. And her marriages to Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Jim Dougherty, their very different set-ups and her role within them play a focal part in this truly captivating enactment.

Tickets for the show on Friday, June 27, are £14.50 and concessions £13.00. To book visit chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.