star-1000x1000In the year that will also see Bond creative house EON Productions tackle a lesser known tale of old Hollywood in new Britain in the form of Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are to produce a stage adaptation of one of Hollywood’s wildest, most defiant, good looking and most creative of stories.

“There are three sides to every story: my side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently.” – Robert Evans.

In a major new collaboration actor/director Simon McBurney (The Conjuring 2, Allied, The Theory of Everything) is to direct The Kid Stays In The Picture at the Royal Court. Based on the life of former actor, turned producer Robert Evans and his own 1994 autobiography, The Kid Stays In The Picture looks at his years as a struggling matinee idol, an eventual head of Paramount Studios – where he helped nurture and produce key titles like Rosemary’s Baby, Marathon Man, Chinatown, The Godfather and Love Story – plus seven marriages and a fall from grace in the Eighties followed by a Nineties renaissance of sorts. The Kid Stays In The Picture was also a much recommended 2002 feature documentary narrated by Evans.

“I went from royalty to infamy. Royalty fades. Infamy stays.”

The Kid Stays In The Picture is co-produced by Patrick Milling Smith, Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, Brian Carmody and in association with Complicite. It will premiere in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

Following The Kids Stays In The Picture, playwright Jez Butterworth (Spectre) also returns to the Royal Court with his new play, The Ferryman. Directed by Bond helmer Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) making his Royal Court debut and co-produced with Sonia Friedman Productions & Neal Street Productions, The Ferryman will premiere in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from Monday 24 April 2017 – Saturday 20 May 2017.



The Kid Stays In The Picture
Tuesday 7 March 2017 – Saturday 8 April 2017
The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Royal Court