Jimmy Savile: critics hail Alistair McGowan’s role as ‘revolting’ DJ
By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
12 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
The play’s producers decided not to release full-length photos of McGowan as Savile out of respect for his victims
Alistair McGowan has won critical praise for his performance in the controversial new play An Audience With Jimmy Savile.
One reviewer said McGowan was “riveting” and “revolting” in the role of the shamed DJ and sex offender.
Jonathan Maitland’s play at north London’s Park Theatre is the first drama to tackle the Savile scandal and has faced questions over its timing.
Maitland told the BBC the critical verdict had been “extraordinary”.
Speaking after the opening night, the investigative TV reporter and playwright said he had “never had any doubt” about the timing of the play.
“I’m a journalist and I’m not afraid of difficult subject matter,” he said.
“If the play is decent and enough people think it’s good, then the timing becomes irrelevant. The victims think it’s not too soon, it’s too late.”
Several of Savile’s victims have seen the play, with one telling Sky News about feeling “quite unwell” watching McGowan’s performance.
Maitland said he understood the play might be traumatic for Savile’s victims. “It’s difficult because I really don’t want to cause anybody distress, but they are adults and if they make the decision to go and see it, I respect that.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment