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'Misery' at Aberystwyth Arts Centre     

'Misery' at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Bold Productions & Aberystwyth Arts Centre present MISERY, By Stephen King, adapted By Simon Moore. Directed by Richard Hogger & Richard Hull

“…just as the suspense becomes intolerable there is a brilliantly delivered joke before the coup de grace. To make an audience gasp and laugh at the same instant is quite an achievement….this is a compellingly cruel thriller.” Daily Telegraph

“It makes seat’s optional. The audience spent the evening on the edge of theirs.” Daily Express

Best selling romantic fiction novelist Paul Sheldon retires each winter to the snow-covered hills of Colorado to write another work featuring his beautiful heroine Misery Chastain. Driving whilst inebriated, he encounters severe weather and his car goes off the road. Instead of awakening in hospital he comes to in a filthy, dilapidated farmhouse, isolated from the outside world by the blizzard., occupied by the schizophrenic Annie, his “Number One Fan”. She insists she will nurse him, refusing to tell anyone his whereabouts. His crushed legs mean he is virtually a prisoner, dependant on Annie for pain relief. When she discovers his new novel does not feature Misery, she forces him to destroy the manuscript and write another. Thus begins Paul’s descent into a living hell. Annie withholds pain relief, inflicts humiliation and degradation, forcing Paul, like Scheherazade, to write a new chapter every day simply to stay alive.

Following their recent productions of Harold Pinter’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Silence’ and ‘The Birthday Party’ - Bold Productions and Aberystwyth Arts Centre are delighted to stage this stunning adaptation of the Stephen King classic which has all the tension of the original novel and subsequent film starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th April
01970 623232

Bridgnorth Theatre On The Steps
Friday 1st May
01746 763257

Swansea Grand Theatre Arts Wing
Thursday 7th – Friday 8th May
01792 475715
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