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Calvert play being staged in London

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    I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this... but I just came across this bit of news on Knut Gerwers's wonderful site (

    [press release by Pentameters Theatre, London]
    Pentameters Presents:

    The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice

    by Robert Calvert

    Running from Tuesday 23rd August to Saturday 10th September 2005

    PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 25th August 2005 at 8.00pm

    Pentameters Theatre, The Three Horseshoes, 28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE
    Tuesday to Saturday 8.00pm (no show Sunday and Monday)
    Nearest tube – Hampstead (Northern Line) Buses 268, 46
    Tickets آ£10. آ£8 concs. Box Office : 0207 4353648

    Shane Chester (as Jimi Hendrix)
    photo by Conrad Blakemore
    Pentameters is pleased to present the first production in 20 years of this fascinating play, about a little-known and formative episode in the early life of Jimi Hendrix, and the first production of the play since the death of the author in 1988.
    The play was first produced by Leonie Scott-Matthews at Pentametres Theatre in 1976.

    The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice is a play exploring forces inside the young Jimi Hendrix, whilst still a paratrooper in the U.S. Air Force, which ultimately led him to become a rock legend. It is the story of a day in Hendrix’s life in the parachute regiment and his relationship with his sargeant.

    poster for the premiere-staging of THE STAR... in 1976 at the Pentameters Theatre
    Robert Calvert, author, was an influential 1970’s poet, playwright and vocalist with the rock band Hawkwind. There were many connections between Hawkwind and Hendrix. Lemmy, the band’s bassist who later went on to achieve fame with Motorhead, is reputed to have roadied for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Jimi himself is said to have watched Hawkwind’s performance at the Isle of Wight festival from the audience.

    Lester Richards, Director, made his directorial debut in May 2003 with "Firestarters" by Max Frisch, also at Pentameters. This new translation by the director was the first full translation into English of both the play and the epilogue in over 40 years. He has previously worked in the theatre as an actor, lighting technician and sound technician.

    Press/For Press night tickets and enquiries: Lester Richards (07766 105780)
    Email enquiries: [email protected]