A man sicks in a chair, points towards someone with his cane


Mon 18 - Sat 23 November 2019
Tickets £25-£45*

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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’ (The Guardian), ‘perfect’ (The Times) and ‘glorious’ (Mail on Sunday) in the delightfully witty and poignant play based on the extraordinary life of the cinematic master Jack Cardiff.

The legendary Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work – and play – on famous film sets are 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 easy – were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

Multi award-winning Terry Johnson’s many hits include Hysteria, La Cage aux Folles, Mrs Henderson Presents and Dead Funny.

Double Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay’s theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End), and The Entertainer (Old Vic). Television credits include My Family and Genius.

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Running Time

2 hours 20 minutes including an interval


Monday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £25/£35/£40/£45*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £25/£35/£40*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.

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Richard Lindsay
Robert Lindsay (Jack Cardiff)

Theatre work includes In Praise of Love (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); Prism (Hampstead Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy); Richard III (RSC); Power (National Theatre); Me and My Girl (London/New York); Becket and Cyrano de Bergerac (both Haymarket); The Entertainer (Old Vic) and Onassis (Chichester Festival Theatre/Novello).

Films work includes Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil; Grace of Monaco; Wimbledon; That’ll be the Day; Bert Rigby; Loser Takes All; Remember Me; Divorcing Jack; Fierce Creatures and Genghis Cohn.

Television work includes Citizen Smith; GBH; Jake’s Progress; Hornblower; Oliver Twist; Galavant; Spy and My Family.

All this work has given Lindsay an international reputation and garnered him many Awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including a BAFTA, a Royal Television Best Actor Award, a Variety Club Award, two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Fred Astaire Award and a Tony on Broadway.

Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald (Nicola)

Theatre work includes Shipwreck (Almeida Theatre); In Praise of Love (Ustinov Studio, Bath) The Secret Theatre (Wanamaker Theatre); Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe); Gaslight (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead Theatre, London); The Winter's Tale (RSC at Stratford and tour); Broken Glass (Tricycle/Vaudeville, London); The Misanthrope (Comedy, London); A Doll's House (Donmar, London); And Then There Were None (Gielgud, London); Clouds (UK tour); A Doll's House (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); A Streetcar Named Desire (Bristol Old Vic); Antigone (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford/Oxford Playhouse/Old Vic, London); Hamlet (Almeida, London/Broadway) and Our Song (Apollo, London/UK tour).

Film work includes The Runaways; The King; Una; Legend; Exodus; Child 44; Five Children and It; I Capture the Castle; Dark Blue World; Rancid Aluminium; New World Disorder; The Snatching of Bookie Bob; Conquest; Childhood; Brassed Off; The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain; A Man of No Importance; Sirens and Hear My Song.

Television work includes Belgravia; Poirot: The ABC Murders; The Strike Series; Churchill's Secret; Death in Paradise; Game of Thrones (Seasons 3,4 and 5); In the Club; The Musketeers; The Body Farm; U Be Dead; Waking the Dead; Jane Eyre; The Virgin Queen; Rose and Maloney; Like Father Like Son; Miss Marple – The Body in the Library; Love Again; Murder in Mind; In the Name of Love; Frenchman's Creek; Little White Lies; The Woman in White; The Student Prince; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; The Vacillations of Poppy Carew; Cadfael; Fall From Grace; Six Characters in Search of an Author; Anglo-Saxon Attitudes and The Camomile Lawn

Victoria Blunt (Lucy)
Oliver Hembrough (Mason)


  • Robert Lindsey © Manuel Harlan
  • Tara Fitzgerald and Robert Lindsey © Manuel Harlan
  • Full cast © Manuel Harlan
  • Robert Lindsey © Manuel Harlan
  • Robert Lindsey and Tara Fitzgerald © Manuel Harlan
  • Robert Lindsey and Cast © Manuel Harlan
  • 'Robert Lindsay excels'

  • 'Exquisitely achieved'

  • 'A funny and absorbing play. Who needs the movies when you've got theatre?'