Christopher Plummer to Premiere One-Man Show A WORD OR TWO at Ahmanson Theatre, Begin. Jan. 19, 2014
Academy Award, Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Christopher Plummer will star in a Center Theatre Group special event, "A Word or Two," written and arranged by Plummer and directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre.
"A Word or Two," which Charles Isherwood of The New York Times said was "... a passionate love letter to language...," will be presented in association with The Stratford Festival of Canada for 16 performances only, January 19 through February 9, 2014.
Plummer, who confesses to being "hooked on the intoxication of words," spent much of his time growing up in Montreal reading Ben Jonson, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and Stephen Leacock, and others.
His personal take on these literary giants forms a journey from childhood to old age. "It's a warm and highly literate tribute to the writers whose work has inspired, sustained and delighted ..." Plummer since his youth, said Isherwood. "Mr. Plummer recites poetry with the ease of man who has been hearing it singing in his head virtually every day of his life. His velvety baritone has lost little, if any, of its beauty or authority."
Richard Ouzonian of the Toronto Star said, "You don't review a show like Christopher Plummer's 'A Word or Two' . . . You simply bow gratefully, say 'Thank you, Mr. Plummer,' and urge everyone reading this to buy tickets as rapidly as possible."
"A Word or Two" premiered in 2012 at the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario.
Top priority seating locations for "A Word or Two" are reserved for season ticket members to the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Season ticket members can call the member hotline at (213) 972-4444 to purchase these tickets. Single sale tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 20. For further information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400.
Christopher Plummer has enjoyed 60 years as one of theatre's most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. He began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English in Montreal. While there, he also had the good fortune to work with the great Russian theatre guru Fyodor Komisarjevsky.
After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954), he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London's West End. He has won two Tony Awards - for the musical "Cyrano" and for "Barrymore" (which played to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre in 1998) - plus seven nominations, his latest for his King Lear (2004) and for his Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind" (2007).
He is a former leading member of The Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall where he won London's Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in "Becket" (1961). In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). He has also led Canada's Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and his mentor Michael Langham, and again recently under Des McAnuff's regime. He is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time.