Forging Rembrandt by Tony Peters, at the Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September. Tickets £12.
Forging Rembrandt by Stratford-upon-Avon writer, producer and director Tony Peters is the story of the world’s greatest Forger. The play is being produced by Lanternfish Promotions.
In 1936 Dutch artist Han van Meegeren sets out to be revenged on the Expert who has rejected his work. He begins a series of brilliant fakes of old master paintings. The highly successful sales of these fakes, all vetted by the Expert, are interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.
During the invasion of Holland one picture, a fake Rembrandt, is acquired by Herman Goering. At the end of the war van Meegeren is charged with selling a work of national importance. Facing the death penalty for collaboration, he must forge another old master to prove his story.
'Forging Rembrandt' is the story of a man who must paint to save his life and continues Lanternfish Production's run of stylish and visual productions. It is performed by Suzannah Foy and Simon Kemp.
Susannah Foy and Simon Kemp
The original production of the play was commissioned by Eastern Arts Board and Level Five Theatre Company. It premiered at the Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans by Level Five Theatre Company in 1993 and went on the have a run at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, London and a regional tour followed performances at the Edinburgh Festival. The role of the Forger was played by TV actor Carl Forgione.
It received great reviews - here's just a few, giving us a hint of what's to come in September:
A gripping new play that has much to say about art and artists. Thrilling and thought provoking drama and it seeks the essence of immortality. Ulster Newsletter.
Cleverly written, cleanly directed, riveting. Whats On London.
Around the historical events Tony Peters has woven a fascinating story of revenge. The Stage.
Good theatrics and plenty of entertainment…recommended. City Limits.
Forging Rembrandt will be on The Bear Pit’s website soon. https://www.thebearpit.org.uk/