Marilyn shows the woman behind the Hollywood mask

Lizzie Wort in The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, at Barnsley Civic
Lizzie Wort in The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, at Barnsley Civic

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, Barnsley Civic

For years the world has been fascinated by the colourful life and tragically early death of the Hollywood film star, Marilyn Monroe.

This show promises “Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom in a dressing gown and underwear; no glitz, no glamour, no masks.

“Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and travels back through the memories of her closest relationships.”

Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood icon tells all about her relationships with Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Arthur Miller, her mother, revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, and leads us in real time to the very moment of her death.

This radical interpretation of one of the world’s most famous women is theatre company Dyad’s fifth original production in as many years and, although a work of fiction, claims to expose the truth behind the legend.

Dyad’s previous works, Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth, were five-star successes at Edinburgh and Adelaide in 2009-10 and 2010-11, with The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Female Gothic garnering five-star reviews at Edinburgh 2011 and 2012, respectively.

All four plays continue to tour across the UK and internationally.

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe is written and directed by Elton Townend Jones.

Marilyn is played by Lizzie Wort and the play is produced by Rebecca Vaughan.

The show is at the Hanson Street 
theatre tomorrow, Thursday.

Box office: www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call 01226 327000.