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with Jermyn Street Theatre
a comedy by David Hampshire.
Directed by Hayward B. Morse
Set and costume design by Sharon Lovett Lampi
Lighting by Orsolya Nagy
Following a sell-out run at the Museum of Comedy David Hampshire’s critically acclaimed play transfers to the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his average act with Sally, the daughter of his landlady Alice. When Norman’s ex-wife Nellie Price moves into his lodgings Norman’s life changes forever. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of funny turns.
CAST: Joan Blackham, Georgia Riley, Kenneth Michaels, Lewis Rae, Mansel David, Crissy Mullen, David Forest, Martin Wimbush, David Hampshire.
***** ‘‘A WONDERFUL PLAY: FUNNY, TOUCHING, BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED AND FULL OF HEART AND TRUTH. IT’S ‘THE GOOD COMPANIONS’ MEETS ‘THE ENTERTAINER’ AND IT’S AS GOOD AS PRIESTLEY AND BETTER THAN OSBORNE. SERIOUSLY’’ – Gyles Brandreth.
***** ‘‘A DELIGHTFUL, HEART-RENDINGLEY FUNNY PLAY. A HILARIOUS BUT IMPORTANT PIECE OF LITERATURE, WELL OBSERVED AND ESSENTIAL FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF A MODERN AUDIENCE.’’- Remotegoat.
‘‘A VINTAGE PIECE; DELIGHTFUL, FUNNY AND SAD AND EXACTLY WHAT GOOD THEATRE IS ALL ABOUT.’’ – Broadway World.
‘‘IT’S MOVING AND ENTERTAINING WITH GREAT WRITING AND FABULOUS PERFORMANCES. IT MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY AND IT SHOULD BE A MAJOR HIT. SEE IT.’’ – Su Pollard.
‘‘A MAGICAL PLAY THAT WARMS THE HEART AND LIGHTENS THE SOUL.’’ – Adrian Barry, Director, The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain.
‘‘I REALLY LOVED THE PLAY. I RECOGNIZED ALL THE CHARACTERS AND IT MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY.’’ – Derek Fowlds.
‘‘ONE OF THE FUNNIEST, MOST CHARMING AND POIGNANT PLAYS I’VE SEEN AND SO CLEVERLY WRITTEN. BRILLIANT.’’ – Hilary O’ Neil.
‘‘I HAVEN’T ENJOYED A PLAY SO MUCH IN YEARS. THE CHARACTERS ARE SO WELL DRAWN THAT THEY WOULD RESONATE WITH ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED IN THEATRICAL DIGS. I’M STILL THINKING ABOUT IT.’’ – Melanie Hughes, Writer.
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Monday to Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 3.30pm
The final performance on Saturday 20th @ 7.30pm has already been sold out.
£30 Full price, £20 concessions, Seniors, students, theatre unions, UB40/Access