The new play by Elizabeth McGovern is set to play at the Riverside Studios from the 14th January 2022.

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Based on the book by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner, AVA: The Secret Conversations has been transformed into a stage play Elizabeth McGovern and will make its stage debut at the Riverside Studios in January 2022.

Oscar nominated Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood’s greatest stars during the 1940s and 1950s, co-starring with legends such as Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster and Humphrey Bogart. But Ava’s film career was sometimes overshadowed by her three marriages to: Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra.

AVA: The Secret Conversations follows Ava’s collaboration with writer Peter Evans for her biography; throughout the process Evans struggled to elicit material from his often elusive and moody subject and, in the end, learned things about Ava he never expected.

Talking about the play and bringing Ava Gardner’s story to the stage, Elizabeth McGovern who will also star in the play, said: “I was drawn to The Secret Conversations to begin with by my fascination with Ava Gardner. There is something in her character that goes beyond physical beauty: an unselfconscious combination of humour, intelligence, warmth and humility that the camera was able to capture and we can still enjoy today. But also, the conversations were mostly unadulterated, and,without coming to any pat conclusions, reveal the price she paid for
fame, the toll it took on her life. I wanted to explore this for selfish reasons. I feel qualified to draw from my own experience in order to explore the subject.”

The creative team for the production has yet to be confirmed.

AVA: The Secret Conversations will run at the Riverside Studios from the 14th January until the 16th April.