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Full casting announced for the world premiere of a brand new comedy written by Chris England and directed by Jonathan Lewis

Twitstorm

The team behind Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Deny Deny Deny and The Roundabout, will return to the theatre with the world premiere of a brand new comedy, TWITSTORM, playing from 31 May – 1 July, with a press night on 1 June.

Guy Manton is a national treasure, the much-loved host of a caustic television panel show, until a throwaway remark is inadvertently shared with the whole world, and before Guy knows what is happening he is being battered by the Twitstorm. A hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand.

 Directed by Chris England, author of the hit comedy Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, and co-author of the acclaimed An Evening with Gary Lineker, Twitstorm is directed by Jonathan Lewis, and will star Jason Merrells as ‘Guy Manton’, Claire Goose as ‘Bex Manton’, Justin Edwards as ‘Neil’, Chris England as ‘Rupert’, and Tom Moutchi as ‘Ike’.

 Chris England said, “Twitstorm grew out of a fascination with tales of how quickly the anonymous self-righteousness of social media can blow up into a proper old-style torch-and-pitchfork witch hunt, actually laying waste to people’s real lives. It’s about how a complicated situation can be definitively branded a simple matter of right and wrong by whoever shouts the loudest. And if the election of Donald Trump has shown us anything, it is that a seemingly harmless bit of everyday phone fun can be used to bypass the rationality of traditional debate.

Jason Merrells

Jason Merrells

 Jason Merrells has worked extensively on both stage and screen. Theatre credits include: A Princess Undone (UK Tour), How The Other Half Loves (Haymarket/Duke of York’s), Five Finger Exercise (Print Room), Twelve Angry Men (UK Tour), Measure for Measure (UK Tour), Twelfth Night and Comedy Of Errors (RSC), The Pleasureman(Glasgow Citizens), Saved (Bolton Octagon), The Long and the Short and the Tall (Sheffield Lyceum) and OutCry (Cheek By Jowl). TV credits include: Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin, Safe House, Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, The Hitch, Death In Paradise, Lark Rise To Candleford II, The Project, Cutting It, Inspector Lynley, Clocking off, Fat Friends, Queer As Folk and Casualty. His film credits include: The Jealous God, Do Not Disturb and A Small Obsession.

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

Claire Goose recently starred in the titular role for BBC’s The Coroner and in Unforgotten for ITV. She has also appeared in critically acclaimed dramas such as: Exile(BBC), Undeniable (ITV), Waking The Dead (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Hustle (BBC), Secret Smile (ITV), The Bill (ITV), New Tricks (BBC), and Death in Paradise (BBC).Her theatre credits include: The Perfect Murder (UK Tour), Hiding (Watford Palace) and When We are Rich (Nuffield, Southampton).

Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards’ theatre credits include: The Rivals (Arcola), I Killed Rasputin (Edinburgh), Art (Holders Festival), Jeremy Lion Goes Green (Menier Chocolate Factory & Edinburgh), Comedy Of Errors (Rude Mechanicals), Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory & Edinburgh) and The Good, The Bad and The Queen(No.1 Tour). His television credits include: From Cradle To Grave, In and Out of the Kitchen, Space Ark, Puppy Love, Man Down, Harry & Paul’s History of the 2’s, W1A, Veep, Father Brown, The Hollow Crown, The Thick Of It, Skins, Black Mirror, Mount Pleasant, Pram Face, The Trip, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Perrin and Black Books.His film credits include: The Man Who Invented Christmas, Love and Friendship, Paddington Bear, Thor 2, Albatross, The Duchess, The Decameron.

Tom Moutchi

Tom Moutchi

Social media star Tom Moutchi’s theatre credits include Anansi & The London Girl (Lost Theatre), and his screen credits include: Ventrilo Kissed, Balance, Warrior andSnapped.

Twitstorm is directed by Jonathan Lewis, with Set and Costume design by Anthony Lamble, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Composition by Matthew Strachan and casting by Denise Silvey.

LISTINGS

Dates: 31 May – 1 July 2017

Performances TuesdaySaturday @ 19.30, Thursday & Saturday @ 15.00
Running Time: TBC

Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk 020 7870 6876*

*Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)

Prices £18.50 (previews), £20/29.50

£16.50 Tuesdays Residents with N. London postcode. Check the website for further details. Concessions available.
Young Patrons: £10 (available 31 May – 7 Jun)*
Child (under 16): £15*
Groups: Buy 10 tickets get the 11th free

Parents & Babies performance: Tue 27 Jun 13.00, £15. Babes in arms go free.

Age guidance: 16+

*Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

 

Pay What You Can

Those on lower incomes can take advantage of PWYC on any matinee or any Wednesday of each production. Please ask for an application form (in person or [email protected]) for the scheme and, once returned to us – if accepted – we will update our records and issue you with a membership card, making PWYC seats available to you for a period of one year. These will be bookable from one hour prior to the performance, in person only. One ticket per membership.

Subject to availability.

Park Theatre-Autumn/Winter Season Announced by Artistic Director Jez Bond

Jez Bond
Jez Bond

Jez Bond

Details of Park Theatre’s 10th season for Autumn/Winter 2017 have been announced by Artistic Director Jez Bond. Featuring six world premieres, a very special one man show and a London premiere, the new season includes a plethora of new writing and acclaimed revivals across both spaces in the venue’s fifth year.

Jez Bond says: “I’m excited to be presenting a season peppered with familiar names but also a host of new, up-and-coming talent. With a continued programme of access performances across both spaces and increased diversity on our stages, we’re pushing further, both this season and beyond, to really make Park Theatre an accessible, welcoming venue for everyone.”

 Sir Ian McKellen’s exclusive solo performance of Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You opens the new season in PARK200, as Jez Bond directs Sir Ian through the most exciting pages and stages from the actor’s past fifty years, with all funds going to support the theatre’s work. Kevin Elyot’s never-before-seen final play Twilight Song follows, in a performance set to overlap with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised homosexuality. The producers behind Park Theatre’s third West End transfer The Boys In The Band return with a revival of Joe Orton’s seminal black comedy Loot, opening one week after the 50th anniversary of the playwright’s tragic death.

Park Theatre Season 2017

Park Theatre Autumn-Winter 2017 Season 

Roxanna Silbert (Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre) then directs Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid in political powerhouse drama What Shadows.Directed by actress, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke, The Retreat follows; a world premiere comedy drama penned by Peep Show, Fresh Meat & Four Lions co-creator and writer Sam Bain. Concluding the PARK200 season in time for Christmas is a revival of Denise Deegan’s Olivier Award-winning, festive heart-warmer Daisy Pulls It Off, from the team behind the previous Park Theatre hit Almost, Maine, and directed by Paulette Randall MBE.

The PARK90 season opens with the world premiere of biochemical topical thriller The View From Nowhere, from the same creative team behind Warehouse of Dreams (Lion & Unicorn Theatre). New black comedy Rabbits follows with a tale of marital strife and bunny murder, as Skins, The News Quiz & Newsjack writer Joe Hampson make his stage writing debut. A familiar play stripped to the core by three actors from one family, Hamlet stars Gyles Brandreth, along with his son Benet and daughter-in-law Kosha Engler (directed by Simon Evans). Then telling the real life story of survivors of the 1966 Aberfan Disaster The Revlon Girl is a touching and affirming play from Neil Anthony Docking. A trio of haunting monologues from a mysterious fishing community intertwines across eras in Fishskin Trousers, written by Elizabeth Kuti. Centred around an accusation of misconduct in the workplace, The Secondary Victim receives its world premiere with an incisive look at contemporary blame culture, directed by Matthew Gould. Closing the PARK90 season with an epic London premiere about love and redemption from 18thcentury Canada, White Fang is written and directed by Jethro Compton (director/adapter of the PARK200 hit The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), and based on the novel by Jack London.

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Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM! announces casting

Tick Tick Boom

Full casting has been announced for tick, tick… BOOM! at Park Theatre: the autobiographical rock musical detailing the journey that led to Jonathan Larson’s big break and Broadway blockbuster, Rent. As Jon frets over his inert career as a composer in the prelude to his thirtieth birthday, the future Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner, accompanied by his friend and girlfriend, begin to question if it’s time to move away from his theatre aspirations.

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

The official press night at Park Theatre will be Monday 8 May 2017 at 7pm.

Chris Jenkins returns to Park Theatre in the role of Jon, following his appearance in 2016’s quadruple Offie Award-nominated musical The Burnt Part Boys in PARK90. Gillian Saker (BBC Two’s Ripper Street) performs the role of Jon’s girlfriend Susan, with Jordan Shaw (Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre) playing the part of Michael, Jon’s childhood friend.

Gillian Saker

Gillian Saker

Susan wants to get married, move out of the city, and away from the life of impoverished artistry. Michael is making big money on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery embraces the ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges.

Jordan Shaw

Jordan Shaw

Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick… BOOM! is directed by Bronagh Lagan. Her director credits include: Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Rags – The Musical (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Greenwich Theatre), Expectations (Arcola), Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre) and Henry VI Part 1 (Rose Theatre).

Cast and Creatives
Jonathan played by Chris Jenkins
Michael played by Jordan Shaw
Susan played by Gillian Saker
Directed by Bronagh Lagan
Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joe C. Brown
Musical Direction by Gareth Bretherton
Set and Costume Design by Nik Corrall
Lighting Design by Ben Rogers
Casting by Jane Deitch

 

International star of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen is to perform an exclusive one man show at Park Theatre for nine performances only, from 3 – 9 July 2017

Full casting announced for Madame Rubinstein at Park Theatre

Madame Rubinstein
Madame Rubinstein

Madame Rubinstein

Park Theatre’s Artistic Director Jez Bond will direct Miriam Margolyes,

Frances Barber and Jonathan Forbes in the world premiere of Madame Rubinstein, a brand new comedy by John Misto, playing at Park Theatre from 26 April – 27 May, with a press night on 3 May.

Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helen Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world’s richest business women. Madame Rubinstein is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind?

Frances Barber

Frances Barber © Magnus Hastings

BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, The Age of Innocence) will star as ‘Helena Rubinstein’, Frances Barber (Doctor Who, Silk, Julius Caesar) will star as ‘Elizabeth Arden’, and Jonathan Forbes(‘Fergal’ in Channel 4’s hit show Catastrophe) will star as ’Irish’.

Jez Bond said, “I’m thrilled to have assembled such a stellar cast for our next in-house production, which I’m pleased to say is already the fastest selling show in Park Theatre’s history. Both in terms of the current, continuing debate on feminism and identity, and in terms of their incredible struggle in a male dominated world, the true story of these 20th Century pioneers – one of whom was an Eastern European migrant – continues to resonate in 2017. I’m delighted to be directing this world premiere that I’m sure will delight and amuse as well as inform and challenge audiences.

MADAME RUBINSTEIN is presented by Park Theatre and Oliver Mackwood in association with TBO Productions, with lighting by Mark Howland, design by Al Turner, sound design by David Gregory, composition by Dimitri Scarlato, and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow.

Jonathan Forbes

Jonathan Forbes

Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre; in just under four years, it has enjoyed two West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman and The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss), two National Theatre transfers, three national tours, an Olivier Award nomination and a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary. Directing credits include; I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse),The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). For Park Theatre; Madame Rubinstein, Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty,Jack and the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed. As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production. Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.

D/deaf inclusive play Finders Keepers comes to Park Theatre, 4 April – 29 April 2017 at PARK90

Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Two twits, one junkyard and an unexpected surprise! Hot Coals Theatre return to Park Theatre with Finders Keepers: a fun-filled, highly visual cartoon for the stage. Inspired by the story of Moses, Finders Keepers is an adult comedy suitable for children, and is fully inclusive for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Using music, puppetry and physical comedy with no dialogue, Finders Keepers invents a playful world without words. The official press night will be Friday 7 April, 7pm.

Step into the strange and murky junkyard world of Mr. Pharaoh and his daughter. Living in a scrapyard on the fringes of society, these two loveable and quirky vagrants’ lives are turned upside down when the discovery of a tiny, abandoned baby catches them by surprise. As these two colourful characters begin to grapple with their new routines and responsibilities, they begin to find love in the most unexpected of places.

As Sign Language interpreted performances run the risk of dividing the audiences by splitting the focus, Hot Coals Theatre aims to bring audiences together for shared experiences. This family friendly production will also feature PARK90’s first ever Parents & Babies performance (Tue 25 April, 1pm), in addition to a Relaxed performance (Wed 26 April, 3.15pm).

Celebrating their 5th birthday, Hot Coals Theatre was founded in 2012 by core members and graduates from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s MA Theatre Lab post-graduate course. The company has gone on to use elements of physical theatre, clowning, play, special sound and lighting to create highly visual theatre which is inclusive to both D/deaf and hearing audiences.

Their first production Storm in a Teacup performed at Park Theatre in 2014 to great acclaim. The show then toured both nationally and internationally for two years. Finders Keepers, the company’s second production, received its world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 before enjoying a national UK tour. Finders Keepers was created in co-production with RADA Festival.

Michelle Collins and Joe Coen cast in A Dark Night in Dalston which plays at Park Theatre from 7 Mar -1 Apr

Michelle Collins
Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Leading television and stage actress Michelle Collins is to be joined by newly announced cast member Joe Coen (Bad Jews) for the World Premiere of A Dark Night in Dalston. Penned by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt, this funny and touching play follows a fateful evening when an assault brings two Londoners together from different communities. The official press night is Monday 13th March, 7pm in PARK90.

A Dark Night in Dalston sees director Tim Stark return to Park Theatre, following 2014’s highly acclaimed Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman: “Robert Holman’s luminously beautiful and uplifting two-hander receives its London premiere in Tim Stark’s cumulatively mesmeric production.” **** – Paul Taylor, The Independent

It’s Friday evening on a council estate in Dalston. Gideon, a young, observant Jewish man from the other side of town is attacked. The warm-hearted and quirky Gina insists on protecting him in her flat. As Gideon recovers, dusk falls and Sabbath begins, meaning no strictly observant Jew can travel by any form of transport. Gideon is intrigued and beguiled by Gina and, as the night draws in, temptation and passions rise while Gina’s husband Billy lies bedbound next door. One night, one secret. What will these two lonely Londoners have to face in the morning?

Michelle Collins says: “I love theatre, but upon returning to it after a long time in TV I found that there were a real lack of roles for working class women of a certain age. I therefore took the decision to be proactive and work with a great playwright to create an interesting and textured part. The play’s principal themes focus on loneliness and loss of community, which I believe increasingly affects a lot of people in this country. I’m especially excited about performing this play at Park Theatre, as I grew up in Islington and this is where my roots are.”

A Dark Night in Dalston will also feature PARK90’s first ever captioned performance on Wednesday 29th March at 7.45pm. For the first time ever, Park Theatre is offering an access performance programmed for every production in its current season.

Joe Coen

Joe Coen

Michelle Collins is an accomplished actress on stage and screen. She has appeared in both EastEnders and Coronation Street2000 Acres of Sky, The Illustrated Mum and Miss Marple to name a few. Her theatre credits include Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre), The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre) and more recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Kindertransport (Chickenshed, London) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour).

Joe Coen’s theatre credits include: Bad Jews (Arts Theatre, West End, St James Theatre and Ustinov Studio Bath); The Mighty Walzer (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Rubenstein Kiss (Nottingham Playhouse); Edward II (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk) and Birdsong (West End original cast). His screen credits include Son Of God (20th Century Fox/Hearst Entertainment); City Rats (Facefilms); The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies (ITV/NBC) and Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz/BBC Worldwide).

Cast and creative team

Tim Stark – Director                                                                            Michelle Collins – Gina

Simon Daw – Set Designer                                                                 Joe Coen – Gideon

Geraint Pughe – Lighting Designer

Giles Thomas – Sound Designer

www.parktheatre.co.uk

Box office: 020 7870 6876

LISTINGS 

A Dark Night in Dalston

Venue: PARK90

Dates: 7 Mar – 1 Apr

Press night: Monday 13th March, 7pm

Performances: Evenings Tue – Sat 19.45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15.15

Run time: 75 minutes approx.

Age Restriction: 16+

New casting announcement for A Clockwork Orange at Park Theatre

A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Action To The Word’s award-winning all-male production of Anthony Burgess’ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, will return to London following its acclaimed premiere in Edinburgh in 2011 and an international tour. A Clockwork Orange opens at Park Theatre on 14 February and plays until 18 March, with a press night on Thursday 16 February.

An electrifying and testosterone filled physical theatre horror show that exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess’ original literary masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange lures its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester’s underworld. A playtime of orgiastic ultraviolence and sexuality, it’s the story of little Alex and the Droogs in their battle against the tedium of adolescence. An unapologetic celebration of the human condition, it remains as terrifyingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick’s film caused a stir in 1971.

 Imaginative and striking… it sizzles with energy” ****Evening Standard

“Spencer-Jones’ production combines striking visual imagery with beautifully choreographed balletic sequences” ****Telegraph

Jonno Davies will return to the production to star as ‘Alex’, having played the role previously on two international tours. Other stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre/Latitude), Dracula (Arts Theatre/International tour) and Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward). His screen credits include Milk and HoneyKingsman: The Secret ServiceSpotless and Hollyoaks.

He is joined on stage by Luke Baverstock as ‘Georgie/Zophar’, Sebastian Charles as ‘Dim/Pedofil/Joe’, Simon Cotton as ‘Frank Alexander/Mum/Brodsky’, Damien Hasson as ‘Deltoid/Chaplain/Rick’, Philip Honeywell as ‘Mark Alexander/Branom/Marty/Woman’, James Smoker as ‘Old Woman/Minister/Dad/Rubenstein’, Will Stokes as ‘Billy Boy/Governor/Comedian/F-Me Pumps/Dolin/Len’ and Tom Whitelock as ‘Pete/Bromine’.

“Physical, dynamic, and arresting” – The Economist

“This is a show that everyone should experience” *****Whatsonstage.com

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Artistic Director for Action to the Word, for which she has created DRACULA (Arts Theatre/International Tour), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (National Theatre/Latitude Festival) and CONSTANCE & SINESTRA AND THE CABINET OF SCREAMS (New Wimbledon Theatre/Latitude Festival). Her credits as Associate Director include STEPPING OUT (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), the Olivier Nominated BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Sonia Friedman Productions), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (London Palladium), Garsington Opera’s LA PERICHOLE, Grange Opera’s PETER GRIMES and OLIVER! and Scot William’s HOPE (Royal Court).

Alexandra Spencer-Jones said, “In a world where the pillars of leadership are crashing down around us, Burgess’ timeless masterpiece brought to stage is more urgent than ever. There will always be a disaffected youth who are not listened to. A Clockwork Orange is a brutal examination of the self versus the state in the age-old struggle for human freedom

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is presented by Glynis Henderson Productions, with lighting by James Baggaley and additional choreography by Hannah Lee.

Website: http://www.actiontothword.com/

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@jonno_davies

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A Clockwork Orange will be produced by Glynis Henderson Productions. Glynis Henderson Productions produces, general manages and represents a variety of theatre, comedy and music productions. The company specialises in introducing unique and exciting new work to international audiences and international work to the UK. Glynis is an original producer of STOMP and has tour booked and managed the show worldwide including seasons in London and Paris. STOMP has performed in over 50 countries worldwide making it one of the most successful UK touring productions. Other work GHP has produced and managed worldwide include BLAM, Ennio Marchetto, Lost and Found Orchestra, A Clockwork Orange, Dracula, James Rhodes, Tubular Bells, One Man Breaking Bad, Yamato Drummers of Japan, Spaghetti Western Orchestra and Gobsmacked.

WEBSITE: http://www.ghmp.co.uk/

 

Brigit Forsyth and daughter Zoe Mills star in Killing Time at Park Theatre

Brigit Fosyth (l) and Zoe Mills (r) in Killing Time
Brigit Fosyth (l) and Zoe Mills (r) in Killing Time

Brigit Fosyth (l) and Zoe Mills (r) in Killing Time

Brigit Forsyth is to star alongside her daughter, Zoe Mills, in Killing Time: an irreverent brand new comedy exploring inspiration, music, life and the right to die. When professional cellist Hester Brook (Brigit Forsyth) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she resigns herself to the prospect of a graceful and dignified final curtain. Such hopes are dashed, however, with the arrival of her new carer, Sara (Zoe Mills). Armed with the best of intentions, little social sense and a morbid belief in the importance of a social media legacy, Sara’s school of care proves to be anathema for Hester’s gallows humour.

The official press night will be Wednesday 8 February at pmKilling Time will also pioneer the Park Theatre’s first ever dementia-friendly access performance on Wednesday 1 March at 3.15pm.

Brigit Forsyth has extensive television and stage credits including the BBC sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, and can currently be seen in Still Open all HoursBrigit Forsyth says: “Hester is the best and most challenging part I’ve ever taken on. She has everything one could hope for to try and play- great courage, strength, vulnerability, humour and then there’s the music! I have never been so frightened and excited by taking on a character – and it’s written by my daughter. No pressure then!”

Featuring an original mix of live music, audiovisuals and soundscape, Killing Time is written by her co-star and daughter, Zoe Mills, and inspired by an original composition by Brigit Forsyth, which she will play live among a feast of cello classics. Word Mills, their theatre company, are co-producing Killing Time with Dead Letter Perfect, whose sell-out production of The Gathered Leaves performed in PARK200 in 2015.

Park Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jez Bond, says: “We are thrilled to be working with Word Mills for the first time and to welcome back Dead Letter Perfect to Park Theatre. We are hugely excited to see Killing Time on stage in Park90 as we continue to present a varied programme of work that emotionally engages our audiences. Loss of self and identity via illness is a challenging subject, but we are also thrilled to be working with Word Mills and Dead Letter Perfect to deliver our first ever Dementia Friendly performance as part of a range of access performances in our Spring/ Summer season. By providing a relaxed environment that will reduce stress levels, we can make it possible for those affected by Dementia to experience a live theatre performance.”