Full casts announced for Rules For Living and The Weir

Rules For Living

Rules For Living

Rules For Living

The full casts are today announced for English Touring TheatreRoyal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living and English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir, twenty years after its world première at the Royal Court.

Simon Godwin directs Jane Booker (Edith), Jolyon Coy (Matthew), Ed Hughes (Adam), Carlyss Peer (Carrie), Laura Rogers (Nicole) and Paul Shelley (Francis) in Rules for Living, which opens in Northampton before touring to Cambridge, Windsor, Brighton, Ipswich and Kingston.  It reunites the award-winning co-producing team that produced The Herbal Bed in 2016.

Adele Thomas directs Louis Dempsey (Finbar), Sean Murray (Jack), John O’Dowd (Jim), Sean O’Mahony (Brendan) and Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Valerie) in The Weir, which opens in Colchester before touring to Harrogate, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Bristol, Exeter, Oldham, Poole, Huddersfield and Guildford.

English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston present

Rules for Living

By Sam Holcroft

Director: Simon Godwin; Designer: Lily Arnold; Lighting Designer: Matt Daw

Sound Designer and Composer: Mark Melville; Movement Director: Shelley Maxwell

Projection Designer: Andrzej Goulding; Associate Director: Spencer Noll

Casting Director: Hancock Stevenson Casting


8 – 30 September at Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Press night: 13 September

And then on tour

 Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie.

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang – like oh so many Christmas crackers.

The regional première of this darkly funny play is produced in collaboration with the producing team, English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston, who recently won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed.

Sam Holcroft recently adapted Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for Nuffield Southampton Theatres.  She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The WardrobeEdgar And AnnabelDancing BearsWhile You LiePinkVanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Jane Booker plays Edith.  She previously worked with Simon Godwin on The Beaux Strategem (National Theatre).  In addition to seasons with the RSC, her other theatre work includes The Secret Rapture (Bristol Old Vic), The Memory of Water(Hampstead Theatre) and Sense & Sensibility (Watermill Theatre).  Her television credits include Inspector Morse, Titmuss Regained, Murder Most Horrid, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek, Foyle’s War, The Only Boy for Me, North & South and My Family.  Her film work includes Neverland.

Jolyon Coy plays Matthew.  His previous theatre work includes The Merchant of VeniceHoly WarriorsAnthony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Little Eylof (Almeida Theatre), Creditors (Young Vic), Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre) and Posh (Royal Court and West End).  For television, his work includes Peaky BlindersThe WindsorsWar and Peace and Mr Selfridge; and for film, Beauty and the BeastTestament of YouthThe Fifth Estate and The Deep blue Sea.

Ed Hughes plays Adam.  His previous theatre credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh), Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Vault Festival), This House (National Theatre), Democracy (Sheffield Theatres), Enron (Headlong/Royal Court and West End), Rough Crossings (Headlong), The Canterbury Tales (RSC), Hamlet (Old Vic). His television work includes Ripper StreetDriftersThe Honourable Woman and Wallander.

Carlyss Peer plays Carrie.  Her theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Jefferson’s Garden (Watford Palace Theatre),HamletA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath and Theatre Royal Haymarket).  For television, her work includes PixiesGrantchesterBrief EncountersPeter and WendyHolby City (series regular Bonnie Wallis), Eternal Law and Silent Witness.

Laura Rogers plays Nicole.  Her recent theatre work includes A Lie of the Mind (Defibrillator/Southwark Playhouse), Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (The Print Room), Private Lives (UK tour), Tipping The Velvet(Lyric Hammersmith), An Ideal HusbandPressure (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), 55 Days and Revelations (Hampstead Theatre).  Her television credits include DatesDark MattersMissing and Bad Girls.

Paul Shelley plays Francis.  His theatre credits include Brideshead Revisited (English Touring Theatre), All My Sons (National Tour), The Secret Rapture, The Crucible, Hedda Gabler, Lady in The Dark (National Theatre), Les Liaisons DangereusesThe Winter’s Tale, The Twin Rivals, Dingo, Bingo (RSC), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle), Earthquakes in London (UK tour), Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse) and Macbeth (Chichester, West End, New York). His television credits include Paradise Postponed, Titmus Regained, A Tale of Two Cities, Morse, Secret Army, Revelations, Dr Who, Blake’s 7. His film includes Oh! What a Lovely War, Polanski’s Macbeth, Macbeth, Caught in the Act, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet.

Simon Godwin directs.  He was previously Associate Director at Royal & Derngate, Northampton where his credits includeRegeneration (also tour), The Seagull, Habeas Corpus, Relatively Speaking and The Quartermaines Terms (with Salisbury Playhouse).  He is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where he has directed Twelfth NightSunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman and Strange Interlude.  His work for the Royal Court includes RoutesIf You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You SleepNSFWThe WitnessGoodbye to All ThatThe Acid Test and Wanderlust. For Bristol Old Vic, he has directed The Little MermaidKrapp’s Last TapeA Kind of AlaskaFaith Healer and Far Away. His other credits include Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout, New York), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Candida (Theatre Royal Bath) and The Winter’s Tale (Headlong with Nuffield Theatre & Schtanhaus/UK tour).

Opens at:

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

8 – 30 September

Box office: 01604 624811


 Before touring to:

Cambridge Arts Theatre

3 – 7 October

Box office: 01223 503 333


Theatre Royal Windsor

10 – 14 October

Box office: 01753 853 888


Theatre Royal Brighton

17 – 21 October

Box office: 0844 871 7627


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

31 October – 4 November

Box office: 01473 295900


Rose Theatre Kingston

7 – 18 November

Box office: 020 8174 0090


English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester present

The Weir

By Conor McPherson

Director: Adele Thomas; Designer: Madeleine Girling; Lighting Design: Lee Curran

Composition and Sound Design: Richard Hammarton; Casting: Ginny Schiller

8 – 16 September at Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Press night: 14 September 7:30pm

And then on tour

Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir embarks on a UK tour this autumn to mark its 20th Anniversary year.

In a small Irish town, the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one stormy night. As the beer and whisky flows, the arrival of a young stranger, haunted by a secret from her past, turns the tales of folklore into something more unsettling. One story, however, is more chilling and more real than any of them could have ever imagined.

A shadowy tale delving into the dark corners of human lives, The Weir is a co-production between English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester.

The production is the second to be toured to the Regional Touring Network an Arts Council England Strategic Touring consortium of 9 regional venues with whom ETT produce and tour high quality drama to venues looking to develop their drama audience.  It follows the success of English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears which toured in autumn 2016.

Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter. He has won several awards including the George Devine Award, Stewart Parker Award and an Olivier Award. His credits for theatre include The Veil (National Theatre), The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic Theater, New York) and The Girl from the North Country (Old Vic). For film, his credits include The Eclipse and Strangers and his television work includes Paula. He is currently working on the screenplay Double Cross.

 Louis Dempsey plays Finbar. His theatre credits include Stones in His Pockets (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Juno and the Paycock (Liverpool Everyman/Bristol Old Vic Co-Production), The Seafarer (Perth Theatre and Lyric Belfast), Some Voices (Young Vic), Wing And A Prayer (BAC), Last Apache Reunion (The Tobacco Factory) and Brothers Of The Brush (Liverpool Everyman). Television credits include Dream TeamSea Of SoulsOmagh and The Bench. For film, his credits include Us and ThemLegendCloud AtlasGrabbersSix BulletsRevolverThe Last DropSpivsTroy and Shooters.

Sean Murray plays Jack. Credits for theatre include, A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate, Northampton and UK tour), The Hook (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), The Armour (Defibrillator at the Langham Hotel), Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe),The Double and The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Bath), Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Othello, The Comedy of Errors, Tartuffe, School for Scandal, The Rivals and The Life of Galileo (Bristol Old Vic), A Woman Killed with KindnessThe Phoenician WomenRomeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Cherry Orchard(RSC), Jane Eyre (The Ambassadors Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 1), The Terrible Voice of Satan (Royal Court), The Crucible (UK tour) and Buried Child (National Theatre). Television credits include Robin Hood, Dunkirk, Without Motive and Berkeley Square. Film credits include HamletA Rather English Marriage and Finding Mallory. Regular appearances on BBC Radio 4.

John O’Dowd plays Jim. His theatre credits include Common (National Theatre), Stonebreaker (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith),The Head of Red O Brien (Truewest), For The Birds (New York Fringe). Television credits include Moone Boy 1,2 & 3Don’t You Know Who I Am, Capturing Santa, The Rahilly, Single Handed, Maru and Mobs Mheiricea. Film credits include Jimmys Hall andDon’t You Know Who I Am.

Sam O’Mahony plays Brendan. His theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice and The Mariner (Gate Theatre, Dublin), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), Oh What A Lovely War (Northern Stage), The Good Soul Of Szechuan (Young Vic), Monged(Belgrade Coventry), King John, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). Television credits include Guilt and X Company.

Natalie Radmall-Quirke plays Valerie. Her theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl), Martyr (Actors Touring Company), The Playboy of the Western World (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Celebration and Jane Eyre (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Twelfth Night, No Romance, The Plough and the Stars, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), =Steel Magnolias (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Mud (Gate Theatre, London), I Witness (Finborough Theatre), Footfalls (Players Theatre) and Crave (Samuel Beckett Centre and Studiobühne, Cologne). Film credits include Davin and The Canal.

Adele Thomas directs.  Her previous directing credits include Thomas TallisThe Oresteia and The Knight of the Burning Pestle(Shakespeare’s Globe), Unusual Unions (Royal Court), The Bloody Ballad of Mary Maid (Soho Theatre, UK tour), Apparitions of Spirits – With The Forsyte Sisters (Gagglebabble, Theatr Iolo), Write Here (Traverse Theatre), My People (National Theatre of Wales), The Blue Lenses and Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Cityscape: Deluge/No VacanciesThe Push and the Pull and An Enemy For The People (Sherman Cymru).  Her opera work includes Cosi Fan Tutte (Northern Ireland Opera) and Senendd (Welsh National Opera).

Opens at:

Mercury Theatre Colchester

8 – 16 September

Box office: 01206 573 948


Before touring to:

Harrogate Theatres

19 – 23 September

Box Office: 01423 50116


 Cheltenham Everyman

26 – 30 September

Box Office: 01242 572573


Cast, Doncaster

3 – 7 October

Box Office: 01302 340422


Bristol Old Vic

10 – 14 October

Box Office: 0117 987 7877



Exeter Northcott Theatre

17 – 21 October

Box Office: 01392 726363


Oldham Coliseum Theatre

24 – 28 October

Box Office: 0161 624 2829


Lighthouse Poole

7 – 11 November

Box Office: 0844 406 8666


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

15 – 18 November

Box office:  01484 430528

Yvonne Arnaud Guildford
21 – 25 November
Box office: 01483 440000



Full Cast announced for The Unknown Island – Ellen McDougall’s inaugural production as Artistic Director of Gate Theatre

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall today announces the full cast for The Unknown Island, her inaugural production of Artistic Director of Gate Theatre.  She directs Jon FosterHannah RinghamThalissa Teixera and Zubin Varla in the adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago’s short story which opens on 18 September, with previews from 11 September, running until 7 October.

We want to tell you a story

We want to take you on a journey

We want everything to be different

This is an adaptation of José Saramago’s inventive and beautiful short story, The Tale of The Unknown Island. It’s a story about getting stuck, about trying to escape, about shooting for the moon, about going further than the furthest thing. It’s a story about finding something you didn’t think you needed.

McDougall also announces today that Ola Ince will direct Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, the third production of her inaugural season, which opens on 15 January 2017, with previews from 11 January, running until 3 February.

 José Saramago (1922 – 2010) was a writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. His plays include The Night, What Shall I do with this book? and The Second Life of Francis of Assisi. Other writing includes Blindness (turned into a film in 2008 starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo), Possible Poems, Probably Joy, From this World and the OtherThe Traveller’s Baggage, The Year of 1993Risen from the Ground, Quasi Object, Baltazar and Blimunda, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, The History of the Siege of LisbonThe Gospel According to Jesus ChristIn Nomine Dei, and All the Names. He also translated works by authors including Colette, Pär Lagerkvist, Jean Cassou, Maupassant, André Bonnard, Tolstoi, Baudelaire, Étienne Balibar, Nikos Poulantzas, Henri Focillon, Jacques Roumain, Hegel and Raymond Bayer.

Jon Foster’s previous work for the Gate Theatre includes IdomeneusTrojan WomenDream Story Tenet and Mud.  His other theatre credits include Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), F*ck The Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre), A New Way To Please YouSejanus: His FallSpeaking Like MagpiesThomas More (RSC), Food (Traverse Theatre) and Long Time Dead (Paines Plough).  His television work includes FortitudeDa Vinci’s DemonsThe Great FireRevSouthcliffeThe TownThe IT Crowd and Mrs Biggs; and for film, Nice Guy and Tides.

Hannah Ringham is a co-founder and performer of the UK award winning performance collective SHUNT.  Her recent theatre credits include Islands (Bush Theatre), The Architects (Shunt), The Present (Unicorn Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre), Cadavre Exquis (2012), Contain Violence – Site Specific (Lyric Hammersmith), Ooogly Boogly (2008), Tropicana (Shunt). She has performed and toured internationally with many other companies including Tim Crouch, Kassys (a collaborative performance with Kassys, The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Nicole Beutler), Caroline Horton, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.

Thalissa Teixera’s theatre work includes OthelloThe Broken HeartThe Changeling (Shakespeare’s Globe), Yerma (Young Vic), The Night Watch (Manchester Royal Exchange), BU21 (Theatre503), Electra (Old Vic).  Her television work includes The Musketeers; and for film, Take Down.

Zubin Varla’s theatre work includes War Horse, The Enchantment, Attempts on Her Life, The Life of Galileo and Cyrano de Bergerac and Dara (National Theatre), Julius Caesar (Lyric Hammersmith), Troilus and Cressida, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midnight’s Children, The Tempest, Roberto Zucco, Bartholomew Fair, Faust, The Painter of Dishonour and Romeo & Juliet(RSC), Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse in the West End), Paradise Regained (Royal Court), In the Heart of America (Bush Theatre), Teeth ‘n’ Smiles (Sheffield Theatres), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Jesus Christ Superstar andBeautiful Thing (West End). Measure for MeasureThe Changeling (Young Vic).  His television work includes Deep StateWillOur GirlStrike BackSilent WitnessTwelfth Night and Little Dorritt.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre.  She previously directed Idomeneus for the company in 2014. Her credits include a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth, Not Now BernardThe NutcrackerAntigone and Philoctetes (Unicorn Theatre), Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre – nominated for an Olivier Award).  McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate, and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.


Clare Slater is the Literary and Editorial Manager at the Donmar Warehouse and former Executive Director at the Gate where she worked as dramaturg on Ellen McDougall’s production of Idomeneus and wrote a radio play Here’s How It All Began.  At the Donmar, she dramaturgically supports all of the plays, with recent productions including Limehouse by Steve Waters and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht in a new adaptation by Bruce Norris.  As a freelance adaptor and dramaturg, her recent credits include The Last MermaidMan To Man (Wales Millennium Centre), Lotty’s War (UK tour) and We Have Fallen(Theatre 503/Underbelly).  She previously worked as the Assistant Literary Manager at the National Theatre and in television and film development with Rare Day.


Ola Ince is the 2016 Genesis Future Director Award-winner and Artistic Associate at Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal Stratford East. As Director, her credits include Start Swimming (Young Vic & Summerhall), White Sky (RWCMD & Gate Theatre), Broad Shadow (National Theatre), Dutchman (The Clare, Young Vic), Rachel, The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough Theatre).  As Associate Director, her credits include Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Fog (UK Tour). As Assistant Director her credits include Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Ma Rainey’s Black BottomDaraA Taste of Honey (National Theatre) Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Josephine & I (Bush Theatre) and Wild Swans (Young Vic).


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Performance times:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 3pm

Wednesday matinees at 3pm (except during previews and the Wednesday following press night)

Young People’s Night: 29 September

Captioned performance: 5 October


Previews and matinees: £10
Full price: £20
Concessions: £15
Under 26’s on selected Young Peoples Night: £7.50

MAMMA MIA! at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Tuesday 01 to Saturday 12 August 2017

International Tour 2016

The first UK tour of the worldwide smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will come to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will come to Bournemouth Pavilion for a 2 week run from Tuesday  August 2017 to Saturday 12 August 2017 as part of its first ever UK tour.

MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. MAMMA MIA! The Movie is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of MAMMA MIA! has now been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.

The MAMMA MIA! UK Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for  Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.

CLICK HERE TO Book tickets online with BH Live Tickets 


Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Date(s): Tuesday 01-Saturday 12 August 2017

Time(s): Various

Tickets: £22.75-£43.25


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Kafka and Son at The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh from 2-27 August

Alon Nashman in Kafka & Son

Alon Nashman in Kafka & Son

Alon Nashman in Kafka & Son. Photo-Credit-Cylla von Tiedemann

At the age of 36 Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son.  Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father Hermann.  What to do?  Kafka wrote a 50 page letter to his father in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction.  Adapted from this monumental letter, Kafka and Son is a blistering, often hilarious dissection of domestic authority and a revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.

Alon Nashman is a performer, director, creator, and producer of theatre. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Alon has worked with theatres across the country and around the world. Selected credits include: The SummonedMuch Ado About NothingForestsScorched (Dora Award: Outstanding Production), DemocracyRemnants (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre),HamletAll’s Well That Ends WellBotticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Dora Award: Outstanding Production),Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Dora Nomination), THIS (Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award, Dora Nomination) (Canadian Stage), The Wild Duck (Soulpepper), Hedda Gabler (Volcano / Buddies in Bad Times), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Birdland Theatre), Macbeth (Modern Times),This HotelWedding Day at the Cromagnons (Theatre Passe Muraille), Howl (Threshold / Buddies in Bad Times)…, Talley’s FollyA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence), If Jesus Met Nanabush (De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Persephone Theatre), Easy Lenny Lazmon and the Great Western Ascension(Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Go Chicken Go), Reading HebronA Short History of NightRestitution, and Singapore (Factory Theatre), Hirsch, None is Too Many (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Hotel Loopy(Theatre Columbus), The Hobbit (Young People’s Theatre).

Alon was a principal actor/director with the “Shakespeare and The Queen’s Men Project” at U. of Toronto, and Narrator/Storyteller in Tales of Two Citieswith Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Alon last performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in Hirsch in 2013.

‘Nashman’s masterpiece… the experience is almost completely overwhelming. It is a true and unforgettable privilege to be able to see this performer in South Africa.’

Johannesburg Review, South Africa

 ‘Whether or not you are familiar with Kafka’s writings this is one tremendous solo performance piece you don’t want to miss. Highly recommended.’ Prague Fringe Review, Czech Republic


Venue:                        Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Dates and Times:      2 – 27 August at 11.40 (not 15 & 16 August)

Running Time:          65 mins

Tickets:                      2 – 4 August £6.00

                                    5 – 8, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 – 27 August £11 (£10)

                                    9 – 10, 17, 23, 24 August £10 (£9)

                                    14, 21, 22 August £9 (£8)

Box Office:                0131 556 6550


First Look: Production Images: UK Premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest

Production images are today released for the UK premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense North by Northwest, adapted by Carolyn Burns and directed by Simon Phillips. Following its world premiere in Melbourne, the new stage adaptation of Hitchcock’s film will run at Theatre Royal Bath until 12 August, with opening night for press on Monday 31 July.

Jonathan Watton stars as Roger O. Thornhill, the role Cary Grant played in the 1959 film.  He is joined by Angus Brown, Christopher Chilton, Tom Davey, Olivia Fines, Kieran Gough, Nick Harris, Joanna Van Kampen, Gerald Kyd, Abigail McKern, Roddy Peters and Nick Sampson.

Roger O. Thornhill is a suave and successful advertising executive, abducted by thugs who insist he is a man called George Kaplan. There’s obviously been a mix up. When they don’t believe him, that’s infuriating. When they try to kill him, that’s frightening. And when they pin a murder on him, then it’s time to run!

North by Northwest forms part of Jonathan Church’s inaugural Summer Season of five plays for Theatre Royal Bath. The programme opened with David Hare’s Racing Demon followed by Hugh Whitmore’s Sand in the Sandwiches and will continue with Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks from Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September and Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van from Thursday 17 August – Saturday 2 September which Church directs.


Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
Box Office: 01225 448844
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk
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Main House

North by Northwest
Adapted for the stage from Alfred Hitchcock’s film by Carolyn Burns
Directed by Simon Phillips
Dates: Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August
Press Night: Monday 31 July, 7pm
Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday2.30pm
Prices: £21.50 – £37.50 (Previews: £15 – £25)

The Lady in the Van
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Jonathan Church
Dates: Thursday 17 August – Saturday 2 September
Press Nights: Wednesday 23 August, 7pm
Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday2.30pm (No matinee 17 August)
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50  (Previews: £15 – £25)

Ustinov Studio

Looking at Lucian
By Alan Franks
Directed by Tom Attenborough
Designed by Carla Goodman
Dates: Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September
Press Night: Thursday 10 August, 7pm
Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday2.30pm (No matinees 3 or 10 August)
Prices: £24.50 / £17.50 concessions (Previews: £15)



Acosta Danza, the dance company founded by Carlos Acosta, receives its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells this Autumn

Acosta Danza

Acosta Danza

Acosta Danza

Acosta Danza, the new dance company founded by acclaimed Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, receives its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells this Autumn. Debut runs from Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 September 2017ahead of a UK tour.

Following the UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells, Debut tours to The Lowry in Salford (12 – 14 Oct), Birmingham Hippodrome (18 – 21 Oct), the Mayflower TheatreSouthampton (23 & 24 Oct), Brighton Dome (26 & 27 Oct) and Edinburgh Festival Theatre (10 & 11 Nov).

Carlos Acosta is an internationally acclaimed star of the ballet world who set up Acosta Danza in Havana after retiring from The Royal Ballet in 2015. Under his artistic directorship, Acosta Danza features a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer. Launching at a time when Cuba is opening up to the world, Acosta Danza highlights the vibrancy and richness of Cuban culture and its artists. The company is an International Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells, and the tour is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions.

Acosta himself makes a guest appearance as part of the programme, which features the UK premieres of works by Sidi Larbi CherkaouiGoyo MonteroJorge CrecisJustin Peck and Marianela Boán.

El Cruce Sobre El Niágara (The Crossing over Niagara) by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán is a duet for two male dancers. Boán danced and choreographed for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba for 15 years. This is one of her most acclaimed works, created in 1987 using Peruvian dramaturg Alonso Alegria’s 1969 written work of the same name.

Imponderable by award-winning Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero is a new work for 12 dancers inspired by the work of pre-eminent Cuban folk musician Silvio Rodriguez, known colloquially as the Cuban John Lennon. The score is created from selected works in the Rodriguez oeuvre, deconstructed and rearranged by Owen Belton, who composes regularly for Crystal Pite, National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater and Ballet BC.

New York City Ballet (NYCB) soloist and resident choreographer Justin Peck’s Belles-Lettres is a work for nine dancers, performed mostly en pointe. The piece was originally made for NYCB and is one of Peck’s most amorous ballets, replete with swooning pas de deux that build into an emotional climax.

Twelve by UK-based Spanish choreographer Jorge Crecis is an athletic piece performed by 12 dancers. Crecis is an associate artist at Déda in Derby.

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, whose contemporary choreographies include Sutra and milonga for Sadler’s Wells, creates a new classical duet for Carlos Acosta and Marta Ortega in Mermaid.

Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Alistair Spalding CBE said: “I am delighted to present the UK premiere of Acosta Danza at Sadler’s Wells and across the UK, and work with Carlos Acosta and Valid Productions on producing these performances. It is exciting to see Carlos work with a range of dancers and leading choreographers to celebrate Cuba’s rich history and culture and share it with the world.”

Carlos Acosta said: “Acosta Danza has been founded with the intention of paying tribute to the wealth of Cuban culture. The Company will develop its contemporary work, whilst also using elements of classical ballet. It is an aspiration that has grown out of my vision as an artist, incorporating all that I have learned during the past twenty-five years of my professional career.”

In addition to the UK tour, Acosta Danza tours internationally to Peralada Festival in Spain, Neuss in Germany and Festspielhaus St Pölten in Austria.

Produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions

A co-production with The Movement and Festspielhaus St Pölten

The new commissions in Debut are produced as part of The Movement, a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences

Acosta Danza is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company



London, Sadler’s Wells

27 – 30 September

020 7863 8000 / www.sadlerswells.com

Salford, Lowry

12 – 14 October

0843 208 6000/ www.thelowry.com

Birmingham, Hippodrome

18 – 21 October

0844 338 5000/ www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Southampton, Mayflower

23 – 24 October

02380 711811/ www.mayflower.org.uk

Brighton, Dome

26 – 27 October

01273 709709/ www.brightondome.org

Edinburgh, Fringe Theatre

10 – 11 November

0131 529 6000 / www.edtheatres.com/festival

Theatr Clwyd: Full Cast Announced For Peter Gill’s New Adaptation Of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced the full cast for her production of Uncle Vanya, in a first-time co-production with Sheffield Theatres. In a brand new adaptation from Peter Gill, Tamara Harvey directs Jamie Ballard as Vanya, following their previous collaboration on Simon Gray’s In The Vale of Heath at Hampstead Theatre, he will be joined by Robert Blythe (Telyegin), Oliver Dimsdale (Astrov), Sharon Morgan (Mariya), Sian Owens (Worker), Shanaya Rafaat (Elena), Veronica Roberts (Marina), Rosie Sheehy (Sonya) and Martin Turner (Serebryakov).

Opening on Tuesday 26 September, with previews from 21 September, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre, the production will transfer to the studio at Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie’s inaugural season from 18 October until 4 November.

Chekhov’s comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper’s Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young MenThe York RealistOriginal Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dying and The Seagull.

Jamie Ballard plays Vanya. Recent theatre credits include The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghosts(HOME, Manchester) King John (The Rose Theatre Kingston), In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre), Scenes from an Execution, Saint Joan, Emperor and Galilean, Warhorse and Antigone (National Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Sweet Charity, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre of Wales) The Changeling, Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory & Barbican), Hamlet, Troilus & CressidaAs You Like It (The Tobacco Factory) and The Duchess of Malfi (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Three Girls, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, The Hollow Crown II, Sons of Liberty, Father Brown, and The Great Fire. For film his credits include Suffragette, X & Y, A Poet in New York, The Comedian, and Black Death.

Robert Blythe returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Telyegin. Previous credits for the company include Arms and The Man, As You Like It, Taking Steps, A Small Family Business, Pygmalion, The Drawer Boy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and King Lear. Other theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), Deep Cut (Tricycle Theatre), Henry IV, Henry V and Under Milk Wood(National Theatre), Badfinger (Donmar Warehouse) and Mother Claps Molly House (Aldwych Theatre). For television his credits include High Hopes, Waking The Dead, The Famous Five, and You Me and It. For film, his credits include An Ordinary Man, Lie Still, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The Theory of Flight, and Experience Preferred but Not Essential.

Oliver Dimsdale plays Astrov. Recent theatre credits include The Argument (Hampstead Theatre), A Tale Of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory/Filter Theatre), Silence, Twelfth Night (RSC/Filter Theatre)and The Tempest(RSC), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Sheffield Crucible) Great ExpectationsThe Dead Wait (Royal Exchange) Five Finger Exercise, Beautiful Thing and The Changeling (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Grantchester, Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and He Knew He Was Right. For film, his credits include Journey’s End, Good People, The Fold, Cosi and Rocknrolla. 

Sharon Morgan plays Mariya. Recent theatre credits include This Incredible Life (Canoe Theatre), Mother Courage and Her ChildrenA Good Night Out In The Valleys and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre Wales), Dirty, Gifted & Welsh (Dirty Protest & National Theatre Wales), Dandelion (Welsh Fargo Stage Company) and Sherman Swingers, A Christmas Carol, Cityscape: No Vacancies and Cityscape: Patrolaphobia (Sherman Theatre). For television her work includes Hinterland, The Evermoor Chronicles, Da Vinci’s Demons and Small Country. Film credits include Apostle, Laura Marlin Mysteries, Love Is Thicker Than Water, The Devil’s Vice, Svengali, Resistance, Rain, Abraham’s Point, and Leaving Lenin.

 Sian Owens plays Worker. As a recent graduate of ALRA her credits include The Tempest (Taking Flight Theatre) and Shakespeare by the Sea (Matthew Townsend Productions).

Shanaya Rafaat plays Elena. Recent theatre credits include Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), The White Devil and King Lear(Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Northampton/UK Tour), Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre), Around The World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (RSC and world tour). For television, her credits include Silk and Lewis.

Veronica Roberts plays Marina. Recent theatre credits include After Electra (Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Meeting Bea, Housewife 49, Sherlocks Last Case (Old Laundry Theatre), Horse Piss for Blood (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Crime and Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith). For television her credits include Tenko and Peak Practice; and for film,  Mr Turner.

Rosie Sheehy plays Sonya. Recent theatre credits include Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bird (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) and Chicken (Paines Plough). For television her credits includeDCI Banks.

 Martin Turner plays Serebryakov. His recent theatre credits include The Plague (Arcola Theatre), The Lovers of Viorne, The Haunting of Hill House, The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, BAM, Lyceum Theater (Broadway), Medea (National Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham REP and The Garrick), Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (RSC), Electra (Gate Theatre), Fabrication (Print Room), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Scenes From The Back Of Beyond (Royal Court Theatre), Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios), Promises, Promises, (Sheffield Crucible), Pericles(Lyric Hammersmith) and Protection (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include Follow the Money, New Tricks and The White Queen.

 Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film.  Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen SinkThe Contingency PlanSixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios),Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash(Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Listings                                                                                                                                                 Uncle Vanya

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September 7.45pm

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.45pm

Wednesday 4 October 2.45pm

Thursday 12 October 2.45pm

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Sheffield Theatres

Studio Theatre

Wednesday 18 October – Saturday 4 November

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.15pm

Thursday 26 October 2.15pm

Wednesday 1 November 2.15pm


The Lyric Hammersmith’s Fundraising Gala, Lyric Fest, featuring Jude Law onstage with Lyric Young Artists

Jude Law

Jude Law

On Sunday 24 September, the Lyric Hammersmith celebrates their life-changing work with young people with a night of entertainment hosted by Mel Giedroyc. Lyric Fest, the Lyric’s biennial Fundraising Gala will raise funds to deliver and grow the Lyric’s important work in supporting a diverse new generation of artists and creatives. For one night only, the main auditorium will be transformed into a festival setting to showcase the Lyric’s world-class work onstage and its innovative programmes with and for young people.

The show curated by the Lyric’s Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Lyric alumni, writer and Benidorm star Nathan Bryon, will feature performances from Jude LawSophie Ellis-BextorJoe StilgoeVikki Stone and Deanna Rodger alongside the Lyric’s young artists.

The Lyric is committed to working with exciting artists and young people to create innovative and exceptional performances and projects. Over the past decade the Lyric has established a national and international reputation for its work with young people. The Lyric celebrated 10 years of START last December, a theatre based programme for vulnerable young people struggling to engage with education, employment or training.

The Lyric is profoundly committed to giving young people from all backgrounds access to the arts in order to develop their creative, social, personal and economic potential. In particular they recognise the power of bringing young people into the Lyric to create work in a professional theatre alongside professional artists.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director said: “This Gala celebrates the unique vision of the Lyric as a home to the highest quality theatre and the best inspirational work with young people.

“In a glorious synthesis of these two strands, leading theatre, comedy and music artists will partner with our young performers to deliver a Gala show of surprise, delight and collaboration across the generations.

“At the centre of this, in a splendid showcase of his acting mettle – Jude Law will perform in six two character mini plays written by our young writers.  Each of the plays will feature one of our Young Lyric actors, giving them the chance to share the main stage with Jude.

“All that is great about the Lyric celebrated over one great night and securing a fundraising legacy that will support the next generation of diverse young artists.”

Tickets from £45.

Tickets: 020 8741 6850 | www.lyric.co.uk

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL

Rehearsals begin for the new War Horse UK Touring Company

War Horse Tour 2017

War Horse Tour 2017

War Horse Tour 2017

Rehearsals began this week for the 34-strong cast of a major tour UK tour of the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, which begins performances on 15 September 2017 (with press night on 3 October) at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and continues on a 15 city tour until February 2019.

Thomas Dennis, fresh from playing Christopher Boone in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play the central role of Albert Narracott with fellow Curious cast member Jo Castleton as his mother Rose Narracott. Celebrated folk musician, Bob Fox, returns as Song Man.  They are joined by:  Marcus Adolphy (Carter), Adam Barlow (Greig/Schweyk/Sergeant Fine), Peter Becker(Friedrich), Joelle Brabban (Emilie), Lucas Button (Joey Hind), Jasper William Cartwright (Billy/Heine/Klebb),Chris Charles (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Jonathan Charles (Bone/Vet Martin), Sebastian Charles (Topthorn Heart),Anna Chessher (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nicky Cross (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Max Gallagher (Geordie), Chris Garner (Allan/Manfred), Andrew Hodges (Sergeant Thunder), Lewis Howard (Joey Heart), William Ilkley (Arthur Narracott), Ben Ingles (Lt Nicholls), Billy Irving (Goose/Schnabel), Elan James (Topthorn Hind), Kiran Landa(Annie Gilbert), Gwilym Lloyd (Ted Narracott), Jack Lord (Klausen), Stephen Love (Topthorn Head), Toyin Omari-Kinch (David), Samuel Parker (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Tom Quinn (Joey/Topthorn Head), Domonic Ramsden (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Arinder Sadhra (Paulette), Tom Stacy (Joey Head), Elizabeth Stretton (Matron Callaghan), Simon Victor (Stewart/Heine/Ludwig).

War Horse is rehearsing in London in a 470 square meter rehearsal space, custom built by MDM Props, to accommodate the large company.

War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016.  It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom MorrisNick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey,  set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.  It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to live on stage.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.  Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China.

Michael Morpurgo said:  ‘After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2019 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before.  I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!’

War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmerfor 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director.  They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.

The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014.

War Horse is produced on tour by the National Theatre.

War Horse Tour Dates

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury                                   15 September – 14 October 2017

Bristol Hippodrome                                                   18 October – 11 November 2017

Empire Theatre, Liverpool                                        15 November – 2 December 2017

New Theatre Oxford                                                  13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

Brighton Centre                                                         25 January – 10 February 2018

Bradford Alhambra Theatre                                      14 February – 10 March 2018

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                                14 March – 7 April 2018

Edinburgh Festival Theatre                                       18 April – 12 May 2018

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton                            16 May – 9 June 2018

The Lowry, Salford                                                    13 – 30 June 2018

Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff                                4 – 28 July 2018

New Victoria Theatre, Woking                                   1 – 18 August 2018

Plymouth Theatre Royal                                           29 August – 15 September 2018

Milton Keynes Theatre                                              19 September – 6 October 2018

Glasgow SEC                                                            15 January 2019 – 2 February 2019.


Menier Chocolate Factory announces the English language world premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Lie

The Lie

The Lie

The Lie

With The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical currently running at the theatre and Funny Girl on tour nationwide, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announced the English language world première of Florian Zeller’s The Lie in a translation by Christopher Hampton. The production sees the return of Zeller, Hampton and director Lindsay Posner to the Menier following the huge success of The Truth in 2016, which later transferred to the West End and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

Alice spots her friend’s husband with another woman.  Should she tell her friend the truth…or lie?  Her husband Paul is convinced that it is better to lie.  But in doing so, who is being protected and who suffers?  Both find out that in matters of the heart, the line between the truth and a lie can be a dangerous one to cross.

Tickets go on sale to supporters of the Menier at 9am on 26 July, with public on sale at 9am on Wednesday 2 August.

Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into several languages. Zeller wrote his first novel,Neiges artificielles (Artificial Snow), when he was twenty-two years old. His second novel, Les Amants du n’importe quoi (Lovers or Something Like It)was well received but it was his third novel, La Fascination du pire (Fascination of Evil)which won the 2004 Prix Interallié, and which made him a household name in France. The book was selected for the Prix Goncourt.  In addition to The Truth(Olivier nomination for Best New Comedy), The Father (which won the 2014 Molière Award for Best Play), The Mother (winner of the 2011 Molière for Best Comedy) – all adapted into English by Christopher Hampton – Zeller’s other theatre credits include L’AutreLe ManègeSi tu mourais (Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie Française), Elle t’attend Une Heure de tranquillité and Le Mensonge. His other novels include Les Amants du n’importe quoi (Lovers or Something Like It); La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil); Julien Parme and La Jouissance.

Christopher Hampton has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, Chekhov, Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3) and Florian Zeller’s The Father, The Mother and The Truth. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (released as Dangerous Liaisons). He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac.

Lindsay Posner returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having previously directed The Truth, Dinner with SaddamCommunicating Doors and Abigail’s Party (also Theatre Royal Bath, Wyndham’s and UK tour).  His recent productions include The End of Longing (Playhouse and New York), Hay Fever (Duke of York’s), Harvey (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Speed the Plow(Playhouse),   Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Other Desert CitiesThe Winslow Boy and Noises Off  (Old Vic), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville).  He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1987-1992 where his productions included Death and the Maiden (which transferred to the Duke of York’s and won two Olivier Awards), Colquhoun and McBryde and The Treatment.

Listings Information                                                                                                                                      The Lie

Venue:                                 Menier Chocolate Factory

Address:                              53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Press performance:         27 September at 8pm

Dates:                                   14 September – 18 November

Times:                                  Tue – Sat 8pm, matinees Sat and Sun 3.30pm

Box Office:                          020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)

Website:                              www.menierchocolatefactory.com (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

Tickets:                                 Prices vary, as below from discounted preview tickets to premier seats. With the emphasis on ‘the sooner you book, the better the price’:

Prices from £32.50

A meal deal ticket includes a 2-course meal from the pre-theatre menu in the Menier Restaurant as well as the theatre ticket.


Twitter: @MenChocFactory