Casting announced for Nigel Slater’s Toast at Traverse 2018

Following its recent critically acclaimed world premiere at The Lowry, casting is announced for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoir Toast, playing as part of the Traverse Festival 2018 from Tuesday 7 – Sunday 26 August.

The Edinburgh cast will be Sam Newton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, UK Tour) who will continue to play ‘Nigel Slater’, alongside Lizzie Muncey (Twelfth Night, National Theatre) as ‘Mum’, Marie Lawrence (Murder in Successville, BBC3) as ‘Joan’, Mark Fleischmann (The Cherry Orchard, National Theatre) as ‘Dad’ and Jake Ferretti (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre/National) as ‘Josh’.

Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with.

 From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

Originally commissioned and produced by The Lowry for Week 53 festival, Toast is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan. The production will play as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 26 August, at the Traverse Theatre – a powerhouse of vibrant new work and a champion of creativity and new writing.

The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of nine BBC television series, Nigel Slater has been the food columnist for The Observer for 25 years.

His memoir ‘Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger’ won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and became a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.


Nigel Slater’s Toast

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tuesday 7 to Sunday 26 August 2018

(excluding 13th & 20th)

Times vary – please visit website for full details.

Tickets: From £15

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