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|Jesus Jumps to the West End
- Donmar scores another hit
JESUS JUMPED THE A-TRAIN transfers to the Arts theatre today until May 18. Part of the Donmar's American Imports season, the show features a feisty US cast.
The bitter-sweet redemption play had an Edinburgh outing and picked up Time Out critics' choice awards in America and London. Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, it takes on New York's criminal justice system and tells the tale of Angel Cruz's time in prison awaiting trial for murder. Cruz's friendship with the staunchly religious inmate Lucius Jenkins teaches him the liberating powers of pride and faith.
The show follows in the footsteps of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, which is also transferring to the West End after a successful run as part of the American Imports Season. Like American playwright David Mamet's Boston Marriage, Lonergan's latest transfers from the Donmar to the New Ambassador's theatre. It seems Donmar artistic director Sam Mendes has learned a thing or two from his stint in Hollywood directing American Beauty.