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About the showMark Rylance and Louis Jenkin’s play Nice Fish premiered in the UK at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End in winter 2016. The surreal and wry new play will star the Academy Award-winning Rylance alongside American comedy actor Jim Lichtscheidl.
The play has its roots in the original prose poetry of the American author Louis Jenkins, who won the Minnesota Book Award in 1995 for his book Nice Fish. Mark Rylance, as a long-time fan of the authors work was brought together with him, following using Jenkins’ surreal words as a substitute for acceptance speeches at various high profile theatre awards.
In spite of Louis Jenkins’ original belief that it was impossible to transform his writing into a play, the pair ingeniously created this new stage version of Nice Fish which adds an entirely new dimension to the authors work.
Having its first outing at The Guthrie Theater in 2013, Nice Fish went on to have its New York debut earlier this year at the St Ann’s Warehouse on Broadway, where it was warmly received by both audiences and critics.
Mark Rylance is one of the country’s most popular actors, having recently been catapulted to international stardom after receiving both the Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor in his role playing opposite Tom Hanks in the film Bridge of Spies. His stage career has seen him perform in countless Shakespeare productions, having a ten year run as Artistic Director of the Globe, as well as winning three Tony Awards.
The play is set on a frozen-over lake in Minnesota, as two men are braving the cold to fish towards the end of the season. Not only are they in search of fish however, but the even more elusive answers to life’s big questions. The surreal and hilarious play brilliantly captures the prose poetry of Louis Jenkins and gives it new life.
Nice Fish is opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End in winter 2016, with previews having began on 15th November 2016 and the show continuing over the Christmas period until 21st February 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of Mark Rylance should not miss the opportunity to see the great actor return to the London stage. As his first co-written play, it also gives the chance to see a new dimension of Rylance’s theatrical expertise as he takes the hilarious and bizarre writings of Louis Jenkin’s and transforms them into this brilliant and unique stage production.