Court Theater play to become premium TV show starring Nicole Kidman

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Actor Stephen Lovatt hugs Caitlin River as Lara McGregor watches during a rehearsal for the play.

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Actor Stephen Lovatt hugs Caitlin River as Lara McGregor watches during a rehearsal for the play.

The Court Theater’s final play will soon be adapted into a premium TV show with Nicole Kidman.

Australian playwright Andrew Bovell’s award-winning play The things that I know to be true was purchased by Amazon Studios in October.

Kidman said she wanted to star in the adaptation after seeing the play in Sydney.

“Andrew’s play is exquisite,” she told an entertainment news site. Deadline.

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“I will never forget the experience I had watching Andrew’s play in Sydney, having one of those transcendent theater experiences.”

Daniel Watterson, left in rehearsals, plays one of the adult sons who enters the family home.

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Daniel Watterson, left in rehearsals, plays one of the adult sons who enters the family home.

The play, which premieres at the Court Theater in Christchurch on March 20, takes place in the courtyard of a family home and explores what happens when the grown children of a long-time married couple come back into their lives.

Court Theater artistic director Daniel Pengelly said he picked the play for the new season because it was one of the best screenplays he’s ever read.

“I cried twice while reading it, which is a rare thing,” he said.

“I read it last year on lockdown and it was the best play I’ve read in the past two years.

Heather O'Carroll plays Pip Price in the production.

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Heather O’Carroll plays Pip Price in the production.

“I think it’s a great game and I think it might be the best thing we’ve been doing this year.”

He said a dozen court staff unanimously supported the choice of the piece for their new season.

“It was the only script that got unanimous support across the company.

“It hardly ever happens. Everyone’s tastes are so different.

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Rehearsal shots for Court Theater production of Things I Know to be True.

He believed the play resonated with audiences because it dealt with universal themes of family.

“The play is mainly about families. On the challenges and the love of family.

“This room will speak to people because it connects to all of us.”

Pengelly was surprised the piece was still available for theaters after it was purchased by Amazon.

Lara McGregor and Caitlin Rivers rehearse as mother and daughter in family drama.

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Lara McGregor and Caitlin Rivers rehearse as mother and daughter in family drama.

He said that a planned production of the play Chip bag had to be canceled after being picked up by the BBC for a TV show that became critically and popular.

He was thinking The things that I know to be true would become a word of mouth success.

“Our job is to bring people in for the first two weeks and then they’ll tell people about it.

“The last two weeks are going to fill up. The stars seem to align. I think it could be something very special.


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