Too Close to the Sun provides a fictional account of the events leading up to Hemingway's death. In it, the writer, battling the indignities of old age, takes solace in the company of his young secretary. His wife is unaware that the secretary has a secret agenda -- to become wife number five and inherit his estate. The arrival of Rex, an old school friend, adds a further complication. The new musical has music by John Robinson, lyrics by Robinson and Roberto Trippini and a book by Trippini.
One of the production's four cast members, Jay Benedict, who was playing Hemingway's friend Rex, withdrew from the production just before last week's press performance, citing a knee injury. The rest of the cast are James Graeme (Hemingway), Helen Dallimore, and Tammy Joelle.For more information, visit www.whatsonstage.com.