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Mon 28 Oct to Sat 02 Nov 2019

Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

King's Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

Starting from £21.50-£35*

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

Friends of Capital Theatres receive 2 for 1 Opening Night or
20% off all performances


Starring Robert Lindsay and Tara Fitzgerald

Written and Directed by Terry Johnson

With Victoria Blunt and Oliver Hembrough

Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, don't miss the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood's greatest diva's beautiful.

Double Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay is "magnetic" (The Guardian), "perfect" (The Times) and "glorious" (Mail on Sunday) in Terry Johnson's delightfully witty and poignant play based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff; "the man who made women look beautiful" (Vanity Fair). Joining Lindsay is the acclaimed Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Brassed Off).

The legendary Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work - and play – on some of the most famous film sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world... Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’, the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter - were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.


Robert Lindsay excels in his portrayal of this passionate, boozy character, who was famous for making his female stars look stunning on screen. Johnson ingeniously weaves Cardiff’s different realities into an engaging piece of theatre… Not just for movie buffs

The Sunday Times


Lindsay is amazing to watch. He evokes the casual charm that made Cardiff magnetic to the women he worked with as well as the professional obsessiveness that led him to experiment with prisms and seek to reproduce the textures of a Vermeer or Renoir on screen

The Guardian


A funny and absorbing play…who needs the movies when you’ve got theatre?

The Times


Robert Lindsay is in glorious, compelling form as the charmer who believed ‘life is temporary, film is forever’. His quicksilver performance lights up the stage


The astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood's greatest divas beautiful


Thu 31 October 7.30PM

Audio Description

Sat 02 November 2.30PM - Myra Galletly, Janette Knibb

BSL - Sign Language Interpreted

Sat 02 November 2.30PM - Shaurna Dickson

Touch Tours

Sat 02 November 1.30PM

Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all. We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

Find more information about access to the King's Theatre

Friends 2 for 1 on Opening Night or 20% off all performances

Groups (8+) £4 off (Stall and Dress only). Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups phone line on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off 

Student Standby £10*

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000 or by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003.

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student or Young Scot ID is required. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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