“★★★★★ One of the top 10 plays in London. Sandra Dickinson gives the performance of the decade” – Broadway World
“A brilliant study of a showbiz legend” – Everything Theatre
“Achingly funny” – The Stage
Following an acclaimed UK premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016, where it had a second run due to overwhelming public demand, I LOVED LUCY transfers to the West End’s Arts Theatre for a limited season this summer.
I LOVED LUCY is a personal portrait of an iconic comedic entertainer whose public face is all too well known. But what was Lucille Ball really like? And how did she choose to live at the end of her life? Out of the spotlight.
Based on his bestselling memoir, Lee Tannen’s funny, bittersweet play reveals the real-life Lucy and what is was like being her friend to the end. Most people who have written about Lucy never even met her. They have relied on others to fill in the blanks. Lee relied solely on Lucy. And he paints a rich personal portrait that can only add to our love of a Hollywood legend.
“Sandra Dickinson gives a sublime, fabulous, tour de force performance. I LOVED LUCY is a love letter penned by Lucy’s number one fan” – Stage Review
“Sandra Dickinson – a brilliant, touching performance” – The Upcoming
“A miracle to watch, Sandra Dickinson gives a blazing performance” – The Stage
Lee Tannen first met Lucille Ball as a child but cemented their close and enduring friendship as an adult. During the last 10 years of Lucy’s life – years mostly spent out of the spotlight, and much of it around a backgammon table – Lee became Lucy’s confidante, spending time in her Beverly Hills and Palm Springs homes, travelling with her and entertaining her on his turf in New York City.
Sandra Dickinson returns to her acclaimed role as Lucille Ball, opposite Broadway star Matthew Scott, making his London stage debut, as Lee. The production is directed by Jermyn Street Theatre artistic director Anthony Biggs, who leaves to helm the new Playground Theatre in west London from September.
For the I LOVED LUCY Q&A after the performance on Wednesday 26 July 2017, I’ll be joined by author Lee Tannen, director Anthony Biggs and stars Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Scott.