PW Productions and Karl Sydow present The Lowry production of Nigel Slater’s Toast



Following its world premiere at The Lowry, Salford in May, a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a London transfer to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace, where it is currently playing until 3 August, Nigel Slater’s Toast announces further dates for its UK tour.

In addition to the venues previously announced, the tour will also visit Liverpool Playhouse (10-14 Sept), Richmond Theatre (21-26 Oct), Theatre Royal Brighton (28 Oct-2 Nov) and Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre (25-30 Nov).

The tour launches at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre on 19 August, where the play’s writer Henry Filloux-Bennett has recently been appointed Chief Executive, and will conclude at the Crewe Lyceum on 7 December.

Fresh from the West End run, Giles Cooper will continue to star as Nigel Slater, with further casting to be announced. Giles’s theatre credits include This HousePeople and After The Dance at the National Theatre, and Henry V and The Duchess of Malfi at Shakespeare’s Globe. Roles in hit British films include Pride and The Lady in The Van

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.

Nigel Slater said: “With the London run approaching its conclusion, it’s an extremely exciting time as the words on the page will soon come to life once again for audiences around the country. I’m thrilled that the play will continue its journey after The Other Palace.”

Henry Filloux-Bennett continued: “Having written ‘Toast’ whilst working at The Lowry, that the production is coming back to the North of England after its run at The Other Palace is exciting enough. Now that I have moved to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, I’m completely delighted that we get to open the tour of ‘Toast’ here in Yorkshire, starting as it will our 25th Anniversary season.”

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is a new play based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience with be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of cookery that defined the definitive moments of his youth.

Writer Henry Filloux-Bennett was the recent recipient of the award for Best Screen to Stage adaptation at the CAMEO Awards (Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality) at White City House. The London Book and Screen Week Awards celebrate outstanding adaptations in the fields of Book to Audio, Film, TV and Stage. This year’s Stage category also included competition from Sally Cookson’s adaptation of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books) and Rona Munro’s adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Viking).

Originally produced by The Lowry for Week 53 festival, Toast is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan.

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’s latest book Greenfeast has recently been published by HarperCollins.  

Nigel Slater’s Toast – Autumn Tour 2019

Mon 19 – Sat 24 August                                               Box Office: 01484 430 528

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield                  www.thelbt.org

Mon 26 – Sat 31 August                                               Box Office: 01865 305 305

Oxford Playhouse                                                            www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Tues 3 – Sat 7 September                                            Box Office: 01702 351 135

Southend Palace Theatre                                             www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk

Tues 10 – Sat 14 September                                       Box Office: 0151 709 4776

Liverpool Playhouse                                                       www.everymanplayhouse.com/

Tues 17 – Sat 21 September                                       Box Office: 0191 230 5151

Northern Stage, Newcastle                                         www.northernstage.co.uk

Mon 30 Sept – Sat 5 October                                     Box Office: 01684 892 277

Malvern Theatres                                                            www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

Mon 7 – Sat 12 October                                                                Box Office: 01604 624 811

Royal & Derngate, Northampton                              www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Mon 21 – Sat 26 October                                             Box Office: 0844 871 7651

Richmond Theatre                                                          www.atgtickets.com/richmond/

Mon 28 October – Sat 2 November                         Box Office: 0844 871 7650

Theatre Royal Brighton                                                  www.atgtickets.com/brighton/

Mon 4 – Sat 9 November                                             Box Office: 01722 320 333

Salisbury Playhouse                                                        www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Mon 11 – Sat 16 November                                        Box Office: 0343 208 6000

The Lowry, Salford                                                          www.thelowry.com

Tues 19 – Sat 23 November                                        Box Office: 01904 623 568

York Theatre Royal                                                          www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Mon 25 – Sat 30 November                                        Box Office: 01246 345 222

Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield                         www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/

Tues 3 – Sat 7 December                                             Box Office: 01270 368 242

Crewe Lyceum Theatre                                                 www.crewelyceum.co.uk


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