PW Productions and Karl Sydow present The Lowry production of Nigel Slater’s Toast
FURTHER DATES ANNOUNCED FOR UK TOUR 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 House, People 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