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Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions presents a Hampstead Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production

Robert Lindsay  Tara Fitzgerald


Written and Directed by Terry Johnson

Festival TheatreTicketsPrice: from £10



A funny and absorbing play…who needs the movies when you’ve got theatre?


Lindsay is amazing to watch


Exquisitely achieved


Following a sold-out run at London’s Hampstead Theatre, don’t miss the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood’s greatest divas beautiful.

Robert Lindsay is ‘magnetic’ (Guardian), ‘perfect’ (Times) and ‘glorious’ (Mail on Sunday) in Terry Johnson’s delightfully witty and poignant play based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, ‘the man who made women look beautiful’ (Vanity Fair).

The legendary Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work – and play – on some of the most famous film sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world... Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’, the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

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Prologue tickets available from 14 September

Cast & Creatives


  • Robert Lindsay

    Jack Cardiff
  • Tara Fitzgerald

  • Victoria Blunt

  • Oliver Hembrough


Creative team

Terry Johnson

Writer and Director

Tim Shortall


Ben Ormerod

Lighting Designer

Ian William Galloway

Video Designer

John Leonard

Sound Designer

Colin Towns


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Running Time
2 hours and 5 minutes including the interval