Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson

The exclusive U.S. engagement of "The Last Confession," a gripping new play of intrigue and mystery by Roger Crane, starring David Suchet, opened June 11 at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Church, "The Last Confession" began previews, June 7, 2014, continues through July 6. Following the engagement at the Ahmanson, "The Last Confession" will tour cities around Australia. Check below for photos from the opening night!

Set within the corridors of power in the Vatican, "The Last Confession" explores the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I who died in 1978, just 33 days after being elected and before he could set his liberal reforms into place. Suspicions are aroused when it is revealed that the new Pope had warned three of his most influential but hostile Cardinals that they would be replaced on the evening before his death. The Vatican refuses to conduct an official investigation into the death but the politically- savvy Cardinal Giovanni Benelli (played by Suchet), who had engineered the election of Pope John Paul I (played by Richard O?Callaghan) is determined to find the truth.

In addition to Suchet and O'Callaghan, the international cast includes David Bannerman, Nigel Bennett, Ezra Bix, Pier Carthew, Kevin Colson, Philip Craig, Donald Douglas, Sheila Ferris, David Ferry, Mark Hammersley, Peter Harding, Marvin Ishmael, Roy Lewis, Bernard Lloyd, Stuart Milligan, John O?May, Sam Parks and George Spartels.

Design for "The Last Confession" is by William Dudley, lighting by Peter Mumford, costumes by Fotini Dimou, music composed by Dominic Muldowney and sound design by Chris Cronin. Original London casting is by Joyce Nettleswith Canadian casting by Stephanie Gorin.

"The Last Confession" is produced by Paul Elliott, Duncan C. Weldon and Liza McLean. It premiered at theChichester Festival Theatre in April 2007 and then transferred to London?s West End in June of the same year.

Tickets for "The Last Confession" are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting www.CenterTheateGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20-105 (ticket prices subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. Presented as part of the Mark Taper Forum subscription season, the production is also a bonus option to Ahmanson season ticket holders.

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Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
Actor Alan Mandell poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
Actor Charles Shaughnessy poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
Actor Timothy Dalton poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
Actor Richard Chamberlain poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, actors Timothy Dalton and Richard Chamberlain pose during the arrivals for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
The cast take their bows during the curtain call for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Roy Lewis, Richard O'Callaghan, David Suchet, Philip Craig and Bernard Lloyd take their bows during the curtain call for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
Cast member David Suchet takes a bow during the curtain call for the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
The cast pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, producer Karl Sydow, cast members David Suchet and Sheila Ferris and producer Duncan C. Weldon pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Donald Douglas and Sheila Ferris pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members David Bannerman and Marvin Ishmael pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members David Ferry and Philip Craig pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Philip Craig and David Suchet pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast member Richard O'Callaghan and CTG Producing Director Douglas C. Baker pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast member Richard O'Callaghan and CTG Producing Director Douglas C. Baker celebrate backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Sheila Ferris and David Suchet pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Phillip Craig, Donald Douglas and Richard O'Callaghan pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Donald Douglas, Sheila Ferris, Philip Craig and Richard O'Callaghan pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, actor Timothy Dalton and Bernard Lloyd pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, actor Richard Chamberlain poses with cast members Phillip Craig and Richard O'Callaghan backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast member David Suchet and actor Richard Chamberlain talk backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast member David Suchet and actor Richard Chamberlain pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, actor Timothy Dalton, cast member David Suchet and Alexander Dalton talk backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, actor Timothy Dalton, cast member David Suchet and Alexander Dalton pose backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE LAST CONFESSION at the Ahmanson
From left, cast members Richard O'Callaghan and David Suchet pose with actor Richard Chamberlain backstage after the opening night performance of "The Last Confession" at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

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