5 reasons to see Killer Joe in the West End this summer
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This trailer-trash comedy is making its return to stage 25 years after its inception. Whilst you may have seen the 2011 movie version of Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey, this production offers another celebrity movie star, Orlando Boom, in the same role. From the acting to the sets to the costumes, here are the five things to see in Killer Joe. 1. Orlando Bloom Whenever a celebrity movie star takes their talents to the stage, that production becomes infinitely more intriguing to watch. Whether it’s Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man, or Ian McKellen in King Lear, audiences will line up to see stars live in person that they can usually only see on screen. This is a no-brainer, and is possibly the reason most people are seeing Killer Joe right now. Bloom, notable for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings, plays the titular character in Tracy Letts’ dark comedy. In the play, Joe is hired by a man to carry out the murder of his mother in order to receive her life insurance money. Bloom dazzles in his role as a no-nonsense, calculated hitman who intimidates and outsmarts everyone in the room. He commands the stage with charm and brute force, all while convincingly playing a Texas hitman. Lastly, if you haven’t heard already, Bloom does appear completely undressed for a small portion of the play. I, for one, was reminded of this numerous times by my female classmates before attending. If you want to see a captivating movie star perform on stage, this is the show for you. 2. Adam Gillen Who? I realize that you probably do not know who this person is. He is not a famous Hollywood celebrity and hasn’t been in blockbuster movies, but he is a fine actor. The 32-year-old has performed in theatre productions for over a decade, including a role in Wendy and Peter Pan and a role as Mozart in Amadeus. In this play, Gillen portrays the aforementioned man (Chris) who pays to have his mother killed for her life insurance. The Mancunian actor is all too believable as a deadbeat brother and son desperate for money. He adds a level of sympathy to the character that a lesser actor might not have summoned from the audience.
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