Monday, February 13, 2006

Play Imagines Lennon's Final Thoughts

MILD-MANNERED actor Valentine Pelka only faintly resembled John Lennon until he slipped on a pair of blue-tinted granny glasses and let fly with a cheeky barrage of Scouse.Then it seemed as if the late superstar had walked into the room.
The British actor is here to appear as Lennon in And In the End, which opens in Sydney next month.
The play imagines what went on in the former Beatle's head during the last minutes of his life, after being shot outside his New York home in the Dakota apartments in December 1980, by deranged fan Mark Chapman.
Pelka performed the role to critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and after the Sydney and Melbourne seasons the show is heading to Broadway.


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