The Danish Royal Theatre announces an Amy Winehouse play to open in Denmark in 2013.
The play titled “Amy” will be performed at the Danish Royal Theatre’s 220-capacity Red Room Theatre in Copenhagen, beginning in January.
The part of Amy Winehouse will be played by 29-year-old actress Johanne Louise Schmidt.
This Amy Winehouse play to open in Denmark report is from France 24.
AFP – The life of late British singer Amy Winehouse is the focus of a new play opening in January at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, the theatre said on Wednesday.
The performance, called “Amy”, is to portray the “enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began,” it said in a statement.
The play is based on material from interviews, acceptance speeches, concerts, newspapers, letters and songs from the albums “Frank” and “Back to Black”.
Written in Danish by a consortium of 11 people called “Det roede rum” (“The red room”), it will also depict Winehouse’s relationship with drugs, alcohol and her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil.
Grammy-winner Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning at her London home in July 2011, aged 27.
Following her death, her 2006 album “Back to Black” became Britain’s highest-selling album of the 21st century.
She rocketed to fame after winning five Grammy awards off the back of her album “Back to Black” and famously sang about her refusal to seek treatment for her addiction in her single “Rehab”.
“Amy” opens on January 20 next year in Copenhagen.
“I think it will be a load of rubbish” – Mitch Winehouse
After the Danish Royal Theatre announced an Amy Winehouse play to open in Denmark. A spokesperson for the Winehouse family has confirmed that they have had nothing to do with the production. Branding the Scandinavian show “a load of rubbish” Mitch Winehouse insists it is only a money-making exercise.
In the following report from the Yahoo News UK and Ireland, Amy Winehouse’s father slams the Danish play based on the late singer’s life.
Amy Winehouse’s father slams Danish play based on late singer’s life
The father of Amy Winehouse has hit out at a Danish theatre company for staging a play about his late daughter’s life.
The performance of “Amy” will portray the enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began.
Written by a Danish company “Det roede rum” (“The red room”), and staged at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre, the production will also focus on Amy’s battle with drugs, alcohol, and her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil when it opens in January.
The Grammy-winning singer died of alcohol poisoning at her north London home in July last year, aged 27.
Today her father Mitch branded the Scandinavian show ‘a load of rubbish’ and insisted it is only a money-making exercise.
He told Yahoo!News UK: “It will be like any of these unauthorised biographies that are made about her – they can’t use the songs so it won’t be worth seeing.
“It dosn’t matter to them whether it’s too soon, they’re only interested in making money and nothing else bothers them.
“We can’t do anything about it if they do want to go ahead, but I think it will be a load of rubbish.”
Det roede rum’s production will be based on material from interviews, acceptance speeches, concerts, newspapers, letters and songs from the tragic singer’s albums “Frank” and “Back to Black”.
The Danish company say the play will feature Amy’s fast-paced career, her struggle with the demons and the destructive love affair between her and her boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil.
After her death in July 2011, Amy Winehouse’s 2006 album, “Back to Black” became Britain’s biggest-selling album of the 21st century.
Emmet Feigenberg, artistic director for the Royal Danish Theatre, said: “The Royal Danish Theatre is an entirely nonprofit institution, and the truth is that we will spend money on the production.
“Ticket-prices will be as low as possible and Amy will be performing approximately thirteen times on one of our smallest stages in a small scale and intimate production.
“It is fair to say, that the performance won’t be any cash-cow.”
The theatre added that it had cleared the rights to use her music, and that the show would be performed in (and because of our) great respect for Amy Winehouse’s tremendous talent”.
The Amy Winehouse play to open in Denmark will reportedly focus on “the enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began,” according to organizers of the performance.
Amy Winehouse battled addiction during a very publicized downward spiral, which resulted in her death at the age of 26 in July 2011.
“Amy” will open Jan 30 and run through to April 13, 2013.