TOUR EXTENDED FOR IAN HISLOP AND NICK NEWMAN’S NEW COMEDY
TRIAL BY LAUGHTER
THE PRODUCTION IS CURRENTLY PLAYING AT THE WATERMILL THEATRE, NEWBURY, BEFORE HEADING ON A UK TOUR
Following critical acclaim and huge demand for tickets, Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre are pleased to announce a UK tour extension for Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new play, Trial By Laughter. In addition to Newbury, Guildford, Ipswich, Cheltenham and Brighton, the show is now set to visit Malvern, Greater Manchester, Chichester, Glasgow, Richmond, Milton Keynes and Eastbourne in early 2019.
After the sell-out success of The Wipers Times in the West End and across the country, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter, based on their critically acclaimed original BBC Radio 4 drama of the same name. The production is a Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre co-production.
In 1817 bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. In 2018, the satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech and ask if just over two hundred years later our press has any greater freedom.
The current cast includes Helena Antoniou (Lady Hertford), Philippe Edwards (Sidmouth), Jeremy Lloyd (Prince Regent), Peter Losasso (Cruickshank), Nicholas Murchie (Justice Abbott/Duke of York), Joseph Prowen (Hone), Eva Scott (Lady Conyngham/Sarah) and Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough), with casting for 2019 to be confirmed in due course.
Satirist, writer and journalist Ian Hislop has been the editor of Private Eye since 1986. He has frequently appeared on Question Time (BBC One), and since 1990 has been team captain on BBC’s Have I Got News for You. At Private Eye he works with life-long friend Nick Newman, an award-winning cartoonist and writer, who alongside his role at Private Eye, has been pocket cartoonist for The Sunday Times since 1989. As a scriptwriting duo, Ian and Nick’s work includes five years on Spitting Image (ITV), Harry Enfield and Chums (BBC Two), and My Dad’s the Prime Minister (BBC One), as well as the film A Bunch of Amateurs and The Wipers Times, which won the Broadcast Press Guild Award for single drama, and was nominated for a BAFTA. Trial by Laughter is Ian and Nick’s third play to be co-produced with The Watermill Theatre and Trademark, following adaptations of A Bunch of Amateurs and The Wipers Times.
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said:
“In an age of ‘fake news’ and increased censorship, free speech and press freedom are still under threat as they were 200 years ago when William Hone took on the might of Royalty and a bullying Tory government. Hone dared to ask ‘Is laughter treason?’ – raising issues which are as relevant now as they were then. It’s a tale of lawyers, lechers and libel – with added sedition and blasphemy. It is immensely exciting to bring this world to life on stage, with this funny, inspiring and true story of a satirical David versus Goliath.”
Trial by Laughter is directed by Caroline Leslie. It is designed by Dora Schweitzer with lighting design by Matt Leventhall and sound by Steve Mayo.
The Wipers Times, also produced by Trademark Touring and The Watermill Theatre is likewise touring and is due to transfer for a second time to the Arts Theatre in the West End in October, where it plays a limited season until 1 December 2018.
TRIAL BY LAUGHTER – FULL TOUR DATES AND LISTINGS INFORMATION
Thursday 20th September – Saturday 27th October Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Monday 29th October – Saturday 3rd November Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Monday 5th November – Saturday 10th November The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Monday 12th November – Saturday 17th November Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Monday 19th November – Saturday 24th November Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday 21st January – Saturday 26th January Malvern Theatre
Monday 28th January – Saturday 2nd February The Lowry
Monday 4th February – Saturday 9th February Chichester Festival Theatre
Monday 11th February – Saturday 16th February King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Monday 18th February – Saturday 23rd February Richmond Theatre
Monday 25th February – Saturday 2nd March Milton Keynes Theatre
Monday 4th March – Saturday 9th March Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne