Rigg, Manville set for Almodovar adaptation
Diana Rigg and Lesley Manville topline the cast of playwright Samuel Adamson’s stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1999 pic “All About My Mother,” beginning perfs at London’s Old Vic in August.
Manville, best known for her roles in Mike Leigh films such as “Topsy-Turvy,” plays the mother of a recently deceased teenage son, while Rigg (“The Avengers”) plays the actress whom the son loved.
The world preem at the Old Vic, the London theater headed by Kevin Spacey, marks the first time Almodovar has given permission for one of his films to be adapted into an English-language play.
“Mother” is co-produced by the Old Vic, Neal Street Prods. and Daniel Sparrow, the Australian producer who was granted the rights for the stage version and asked Adamson (“Southwark Fair”) to pen the script.
Tom Cairns helms a cast that includes Joanne Froggatt, Colin Morgan and Charlotte Randle. The production runs Aug. 25-Nov. 24, with a press opening set for Sept. 4.