The Vaults Theatre

Joseph Marcell – best known as laconic British butler ‘Geoffrey’ in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – and Christopher Fairbank – best known for his role as ‘Moxey’ in the iconic British series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – will star as ‘Byron’ and ‘Ames’ in the long-awaited UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s play AGES OF THE MOON, directed by Alexander Lass, playing from Thursday 17 October – Sunday 24 November at the Vaults Theatre in London’s Waterloo.

On a hot summer’s night, deep in the American wilderness, Byron and Ames are reunited by mutual desolation. By the fading light of an eclipsing moon, the pair reflect on love and life over a bottle of whiskey – and as old rivalries flare, their forty-year friendship is put to the test at the barrel of a gun. 

AGES OF THE MOON premiered in Dublin in 2009, starring Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, and then transferred to New York the following year, with several subsequent productions in North America and Canada. This new production marks its UK premiere.

Alexander Lass said, “Byron and Ames provoke as much as they entertain. Two men in their mid-sixties, suffering literal and metaphorical heartache, they crave to be heard and known. Through their rambling recollections, coarse observations and raunchy humour, we are taken on journey where fact merges with fiction, beginning with youthful optimism and ending with mournful nostalgia. They philosophise about sex, marriage, betrayal, loneliness, death, country western music, horse-racing, and astronomy.

Like Estragon and Vladimir or Hirst and Spooner in No Man’s Land, Byron and Ames amuse us with their homespun conversation, disturb us with their despair all the while knocking back glass after glass of “the great malt which wounds”. The more they drink, the less we feel we can trust anything they say. 

I cannot wait to direct this play. I am drawn to the humanity, comedy, universality, and understated showmanship of Sam’s poetic words, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with Joe and Chris, two incredible actors who will bring Ames and Byron vividly to life.

“Definitely see this play” – New York Times

Christopher Fairbank has a long and distinguished screen career, with films including Lady Macbeth, Aliens III, Zefferelli’s Hamlet, Besson’s The Fifth Element, Burton’s Batman and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Well known for his role as ‘Moxey’ in iconic eighties series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, his extensive television credits include most recently Taboo, Granchester, Wolf Hall and Wallander. He starred in Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2009, and his recent theatrical credits include Albion at the Almeida, The Pyramid Text at the Birmingham Rep and the Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Royal Lyceum.

Joseph Marcell has extensive theatrical credits: for Shakespeare’s Globe, he has played in multiple productions, including the lead in King Lear and Derek Walcott’s Omeros, both directed by Bill Buckhurst, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Our Friends in the North for the RSC; lead roles in numerous August Wilson productions in London & Washington DC and John Guare’s A Free Man of Colour at The Lincoln Centre. More recent stage credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan directed by Kathy Burke in the West End and Babette’s Feast at the Print Room. Joseph starred in the hugely successful NBC series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has many television credits in the UK & USA including: EastEndersDeath in ParadiseFrostWrapped up in Christmas and Ryan Murphy’s soon to be screened Ratched. Film credits include Cry FreedomFedz, Hero and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

AGES OF THE MOON will be directed by Alexander Lass, nominated for Best Director at the 2017 Stage Debut awards for 46 Beacon at Trafalgar Studios 2, and whose other credits include Associate Director onShakespeare in Love at the Theatre Royal Bath and on tour, and on No Man’s Landin the West End. Lass has recently directed the critically acclaimed play When the Birds Come by Tallulah Brown at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and will also be directing the first London revival of David Hare’s The Permanent Way at the Vaults in September.

AGES OF THE MOON will have set and costume design by Holly Pigott, casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG, and is produced by Debbie Hicks.

Twitter: @AgesOfTheMoon




Theatr Clwyd present the world première of


By Emily White

26 September – 12 October

Director Tamara Harvey; Designer Jacob Hughes; Lighting Designer Tim Mascall

Sound Designer Dan Balfour; Choreographer Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Fight Director Owain Gwynn; Casting Director Annelie Powell

Theatr Clwyd today announce the full company for the world première of Emily White’s debut play Pavilion. Artistic Director Tamara Harvey directs Ifan Huw Dafydd (Dewi), Carly-Sophia Davies (Jess), Caitlin Drake(Myfanwy), Ellis Duffy (Gary), Michael Geary (Evan), Lowri Hamer (Bethan), Victoria John (Big Nell), Kristian Phillips (Lloyd), Adam Redmore (Mark/Will), Rebecca Smith-Williams (Mary) and Tim Treloar (Dylan). The production opens at Theatr Clwyd on 2 October, with previews from 26 September, until 12 October.

Dance. Drink. Fight. Snog.

Friday night. Music pounds, lager flows, lust ignites and fists fly. This run-down spa town in a forgotten corner of Wales is filled with big personalities and even bigger egos.

A new dark comedy by Wales’ Emily White and directed by the company’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey.

Pavilion is Emily White’s debut play. She originally trained as an actress at RADA, before obtaining an MA in Theatre Writing at York University. In 2018 she won a place on Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting Course and this year she was selected to be part of the BBC Wales Writersroom group.  She is currently writing a digital theatre piece for Wrapt Films/Open Sky Theatre and is also developing projects for TV, radio, theatre and film.

Ifan Huw Dafydd playsDewi. His previous theatre credits for Theatr Clwyd include Under Milk WoodAs You Like ItBlackthornFestenHistory of Falling Things, The Draw BoyMemoryThe Crucible and King Lear. Other theatre credits include The Wood (Torch Theatre), Raving (Hampstead Theatre), Desire Line (Sherman Theatre), and An Enemy For The People (Chapter Arts Centre). For television, his credits include The Light4 Stories: On The EdgePitching In15 Daysand The Crown.

Carly-Sophia Davies plays Jess. She graduated from LAMDA in 2018. Her credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Taliesin Theatre).

Caitlin Drake plays Myfanwy. She graduated from Italia Conti in 2019. This marks her professional debut.

Ellis Duffy plays Gary. His previous theatre credits include Scrappy (Theatre West), 13 (Tobacco Factory) and Dead Born Grow (Aberystwyth Arts Centre).

Michael Geary plays Evan. His previous credits for Theatr Clwyd include My PeopleThe Light of HeartRape of the Fair CountryAs You Like ItHumbugTaking StepsThe Taming of the ShrewA Child’s History in WalesTall TalesThinking Out LoudFestenA Midsummer Night’s DreamTales from Small Nations and The Suicide. Other theatre credits include The Boy Who Fell into a Book (Soho Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Guildford Shakespeare Company) and Fantastic Mr Fox (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). For film, his credits includeViking SiegeTulip Fever and The Baker.

Lowri Hamer plays Bethan. Her previous theatre credits include Salad Days (New Union Theatre) and Lord of the Flies (Theatr Clwyd).

Victoria John plays Big Nell. Her previous credits for Theatr Clwyd include Wave Me GoodbyeThe Rise and Fall of Little VoiceCyrano de BergeracAll My SonsThe Light of HeartAristocratsThe Winslow BoyRape of the Fair Countryand Boeing Boeing. Other theatre credits include Hir (Bush Theatre), Play (The Other Room)and The Frozen Scream (Wales Millennium Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome). For television, her credits includeGwaith/CartrefMirandaCast Offs and Little Britain.

Kristian Phillips plays Lloyd – his previous work for the company includes Season’s Greetings and Bruised. His other theatre credits include As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep, UK tour), The Alchemist (Liverpool Playhouse), The Sea Plays (Old Vic Tunnels), Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Tron and Traverse Theatre) and The Passion (National Theatre of Wales). For television, his credits include Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private InvestigatorsPressNightmares andWizards vs Aliens.

Adam Redmore plays Mark/Will. His previous theatre credits include Sugar Baby (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Wonderman (National Theatre Wales), Milked (UK tour), Roberto Zucco (Chapter Arts), Maudie’s Rooms, Clytemnestra (Sherman Theatre), Tonypandemonium (National Theatre Wales) and Caligula (Chapter Arts).

Rebecca Smith-Williams plays Mary – her previous work for the company includes Humbug. Her previous theatre credits include Y Brain/KargalarBe Aware (Volcano Theatre), Margaret and the Tapeworm (Chapter Arts Centre, UK tour), Miramar (UK tour), The Eyes Have It (Watford Palace Theatre), Darkness Spoken(Southbank Centre), Black Battles with Dogs (Southwark Playhouse), After Troy (Oxford Playhouse), The Fool (Cock Tavern)and Mary Mother of Frankenstein (The National Theatre of Belgium).

Tim Treloar plays Dylan. His previous theatre credits include BirdsongWait Until Dark (UK tours), House & Garden (The Watermill Theatre), Three Sisters (Lyric Theatre Belfast), King Charles III (Birmingham Rep, UK tour, Roslyn Packer Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Squerryes Court), I Kiss Your Heart (Soho Theatre), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Realism (Soho Theatre), and The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Theatre). For film, his credits include A Hundred StreetsMaleficentThe Crown and The Dragon and Macbeth.

Tamara Harvey has been Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd since August 2015. Most recently she directedOrpheus Descending in a co-production with the Menier Chocolate Factory and the première of Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade – which has been nominated for UK Theatre and Evening Standard Awards, as well as five Olivier Awards, winning the Olivier for Best New Comedy, and recently transferred to the West End before returning to Clwyd. Also for the company she has directed Much Ado About Nothing, the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, PilgrimsSkylight by David Hare and the première of Peter Gill’s version of Uncle Vanya (Best Production, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Awards). She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen SinkThe Contingency PlanSixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash(Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath), the UK première of Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Finborough Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Listings                                                                                                                                  Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 344101







Full casting has been announced for Evan Placey’s award-winning drama Mother of Him, which opens at Park Theatre on 18 September running until 26 October, with press night on Tuesday 24 September at 19.00 in Park200.

Joining the previously announced Tracy-Ann Oberman (Brenda Kapowitz) in this powerful and provocative play inspired by true events, is Scott Folan (Matthew Kapowitz), Simon Hepworth (Robert Rosenberg), Anjelica Serra (Jessica/Tess), Neil Sheffield (Steven), Hari Aggarwal and Matt Goldberg (Jason Kapowitz).

Mother of Him is directed by Max Lindsay, with designs by Lee Newby, lighting by Ali Hunter and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

A child accused. A mother conflicted. Is love really unconditional?

December. Toronto. It’s cold.

Brenda, a single Jewish mother sends her youngest son, Jason, off to school. His elder brother remains asleep upstairs. This could be a day like any other, if older brother Matthew wasn’t under house arrest.

Pursued by the media and tormented by guilt, Brenda tries to hold her family together as the world is set to tear them apart.

Mother of Him is produced by Jacob Thomas and Oliver Mackwood Productions in association with Park Theatre, and follows Oliver’s past Park Theatre hits, The Life I Lead, Pressure and Madame Rubinstein.

Theatre show about life in a SEN school touring the UK this Autumn

Neal Pike presents: Five Years

An adolescence spent at a special educational needs school is revisited to ask what it means to refuse the labels others make for you

Written and performed by Neal Pike | Directed by Matt Miller

UK tour

@FiveYearShow1 | @neal86 | #FiveYearsShow | | Trailer

Based on Neal Pike’s memories of life at a special educational needs (SEN) school, Five Years uses poetry, storytelling and direct address to explore an adolescence shaped by being marked ‘disabled’ owing to his stutter. Directed by Matt Miller, this sharp, subtle and brutally human solo show questions the limited expectations others had for a child with a stutter. Five Years is a work about refusing to conform to those ideas, reaching for a life beyond the one teachers and parents had planned for him, and keeping hold of a sense of self during turbulent times.

From 1998-2002, poet and performer Neal Pike was a pupil at Foxwood, an SEN school in Nottinghamshire. At once a show about the uniqueness of SEN schooling and the commonalities of teenage experience, Neal describes Foxwood as being both difference to other schools and, in many ways, exactly the same. Filled with 90s references and often painfully relatable anecdotes, the piece explores how our school experiences help shape the people we grow up to be, for better or worse.

Neal Pike is a poet and performer based in Nottingham. He was inspired to create Five Years, his first work for the stage, after hearing theatre maker and comedian Jess Thom, a.k.a Touretteshero, (Backstage in Biscuit Land and Not I) present a talk on making autobiographical art at an Arvon writing retreat. Having previously mentioned his school days and youth in Identity Bike Ride, his debut poetry pamphlet, Neal felt the time was right to delve deeper into his past and broaden his own artistic practice with a work for theatre. Along with performing his work at venues across the UK and internationally, Neal is the leader of Tentacles, a collective and network for disabled and d/Deaf writers supported by Unlimited.

Writer and performer Neal Pike said, “Being told you can’t do something because you’re special and you will be forever known as special always stuck with me. I wrote this show and am touring it because I want to show people that it’s possible to do things when everyone defines you as having disabilities and forever dampen your expectations”.

Director Matt Miller said, “Working with Neal on Five Years is where I’ve learned my craft as a director and it has been an immense privilege to be allowed access to work on such a rich, deep, complex, moving and entertaining story. Neal’s performance style, both with joyful off the cuff humour and real felt investment and care in his own stories creates an almost effortless connection with audiences, which is great to watch and be part of. I can’t wait to help bring his story to an audience across the UK.”

Matt Miller is a poet, performer and theatre maker. In 2014, Matt was chosen as one of BBC Radio Three’s Verb New Voices. Matt’s poem River Monster, about their Tyneside childhood, was broadcast on the show. Two years later, their debut solo theatre show, Sticking, played to sold-out venues in Newcastle, Manchester and Durham. Their follow-up work for the stage, Fitting, is currently under development. Matt was also a member of the Mouthy Poets, a poetry collective from Nottingham, which is where they first met Neal Pike. 

Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 16+

Content/Trigger warning: references to bullying, occasional strong language

All performances are relaxed and BSL interpreted

Company Information

Written and performed by Neal Pike    Directed by Matt MillerProduced by Dan Nicholas        

Listings information

25 Sep              The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS
                        7.45pm | £10 (£5 concs)

                        01473 295900 |

27 Sep              Theatre Deli, Sheffield

                        202 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QZ 
                        7.45pm | £10 (£8 concs)

                        01142 786500 |

1 Oct                 Old Fire Station, Oxford

                        40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ 
                        7:30pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                        01865 263990 |

5 Oct                 Derby Theatre, Derby

                        15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF 
                        7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                        01332 59 39 39, Text number: 07717 346 964 |

8 Oct                 Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

                        Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF 
                        7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                        01159 419419 |

24 Oct               The Seagull, Lowestoft

                        19-74 Morton Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH
                        7.30pm | £9 (£7 concs)

                        01502 589726 |

1 Nov                Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

                        University of Leicester, Lancaster Rd, Leicester, LE1 7HA
                        7pm | £10 (£5 concs)

                        01162 522455 |

8 Nov                Chapel FM Arts Centre, Leeds

                        Old Seacroft Chapel, York Road, Leeds, LS14 6JB
                        Times and prices TBC

                        01132 255944 |

15 & 16 Nov     Camden People’s Theatre

                        58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
                        9pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                        0207 4194841 |

21 Nov              Theatre Shop, Theatre Orchard, Clevedon

                        Unit 5, Queens Square, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6HX
                        Times and prices TBC

                        0333 666 3366 |

23 Nov              Phoenix, Exeter

                        Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
                        Times and prices TBC

                        01392 667080 |

3 Dec                Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

                        Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1SE
                        Times and prices TBC

                        01902 321321 |

Supported by Project Grants funding from Arts Council England

Macbeth Review

Temple Church – until 7 September 2019

Reviewed by Claire Roderick


Antic Disposition return to the magnificent Temple Church with their dark and powerful production of Macbeth. Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero (who also designed the show) make the constraints of staging the play in the central aisle of the church seem minimal and make the most of the echoing acoustics and evocative atmosphere by using lighting at either end of the stage. The acoustics could work against a lesser cast during scenes where characters raise their voice, but the actors let the words breathe and the echoes carry, adding to the building tension onstage.

Shakespeare’s story of insane ambition and regicide is presented with the cast wearing Victorian clothing: Duncan (Chris Courtenay) in towering stovepipe hat, Ross (Robert Bradley) looking for all the world like a Victorian clerk and Lady Macbeth with a black bustle that is switched for a stunning red outfit after the interval when her bloody deed has been done. What is most effective is the witches’ costume and demeanour. Dressed as maidservants, they are an almost constant presence, effortlessly eerie in their encounters with Macbeth – staged simply and chillingly with no special effects. The cauldron scene becomes the 3 witches laundering the bloody sheets from Duncan’s deathbed, with a fantastic nod and a wink to the Victorian obsession for spiritualism as they call forth the spirits. The staging of Macbeth’s vision of Banquo’s (the excellent Peter Collis) future line of kings is simple but shocking. When the 3 (Louise Templeton, Bryony Tebbutt and Robyn Holdaway) take the roles of messengers and servants delivering bad tidings to Macbeth or taking orders from the nobles, there is a definite Handmaid’s Tale rebellion vibe as they intone bad news in a monotone, never quite making eye contact with their masters, but allowing a victorious smile to creep out as their machinations triumph. The use of the witches is inspired, especially during Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene, adding an extra frisson of psychological horror.

Harry Anton is a strong and brooding Macbeth, delivering the most well-known speeches with an intense stillness but also excelling in the more physical scenes. Helen Millar’s steely Lady Macbeth is a fine match for Anton, and their onstage chemistry is wonderful to watch, especially so as their grip on power loosens. Andrew Hislop’s Macduff and Nathan Hamilton as Malcolm also impress, making even the tedious scene where Malcom tests Macduff riveting. Wisely, Chris Courtney’s Seyton is played as a boorish, unappealing drunk rather than forcing any comedy out of the scene.

This chilling and atmospheric production proves that with a stellar cast, inspired design and an intuitive understanding of Shakespeare’s text, you don’t need high tech bells and whistles to create something magical.

Charles Darwin: Collapsing Creation Review

Jack Studio Theatre – until 31 August 2019


Kākāriki Theatre Company aim to showcase great New Zealand writing and theatre, and this is their first UK production.

Arthur Meek may well have written some great plays, but this isn’t one of them. Promotional material states that the play recounts the courage of a visionary who must battle his conscience to change the world, but Meek’s Darwin is an insipid ineffectual scientist taking refuge on his sickbed and in his study, breeding increasingly sickly pigeons and children as the world spins around him. (Portrayed most effectively by the cast repeatedly rotating the set around Darwin as he stands in a trance-like state.)

Darwin was undoubtedly brilliant, but he wasn’t the most exciting man (he spent years studying barnacles!) and was only stirred into publication after the much more interesting Alfred Russel Wallace came to the same conclusions independently, but he can’t possibly have been this dull. Meek starts the play some years after Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle, with his thoughts about natural selection already formed and distils the entire controversy surrounding the publication of On the Origin of Species into two hours (although it seems much longer). At home in Kent, Darwin (Gavin Harrington-Odedra) is visited by two people, Alfred Thomas (Richard Stranks) and John Roberts (Michael Tuffnell), instantly recognisable as representing Wallace and Robert Fitzroy, captain of the Beagle. This sets up the visionaries against the stuffy establishment, but becomes increasingly frustrating, especially in the second act as Meek crams as many of Darwin’s supporters’ and opponents’ voices as possible into the two composite characters. Thomas begins as a boyish, wide-eyed scientist, full of awe at the wonders of the world and morphs into a rabid anti-establishment revolutionary, an espouser of eugenics, and Darwin’s bulldog, Thomas Henry Huxley. Roberts swerves back and forth between initially supportive fellow scientists questioning the mechanics of the process and religious figures. Meek can’t resist slipping in the Huxley/Soapy Sam ape argument, and there has obviously been a lot of research put into the writing, but it just doesn’t work. Using only two voices to present the arguments and debate surrounding the theory of evolution is a disaster, as both Darwin’s supporters and detractors had myriads of different questions and reasons for their stands and it all becomes a huge jumble of ideas. Meek may just have well had Thomas and Roberts dressed as a devil and an angel standing at Darwin’s shoulder whispering “Publish” and “Don’t publish” for two hours. It would have had the same effect as this overly verbose script – it’s no wonder that some members of the cast sometimes lost track of their lines. It’s as if the only characters Meek feels anything for and imbues with any real and lasting humanity are Gardner, Darwin’s loyal assistant, played with a light touch by Richard Houghton-Evans (a welcome relief whenever he appeared, as you knew there’d be a comedic moment) and Emma Darwin. Paula James impresses as Emma, showing her devotion, faith and strength with a deft hand. So strong is Emma next to Charles (with Harrington-Odedra playing him exactly as written – a dithering, strangely spiritless little man) that you expect her to jump up at the end and shout “It was ME who wrote the damn book!”.

The cast do their best and will become more at home with their roles over the run, and likewise director Jessica Jeffries attempts to instil a little drama into the turgid material, but the play does the exact opposite of what it sets out to do, making Darwin appear frankly pathetic. Not the best way to celebrate the 160th anniversary of publication.




For its West End Transfer, the Kiln Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Florian Zeller’s The Son will partner with YoungMinds – the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

The production, which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 2 September, with previews from 24 August, and runs until 2 November, will offer the opportunity to make a donation on ticket purchases, as well and having donation points for the charity throughout the theatre. On World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, the performance will be dedicated to the charity with bucket collections post show across the house.

Director of the production, Michael Longhurst commented, “It was important to us as a company to partner with YoungMinds – they are a brilliant and vital organisation whose work impacts daily on young lives across the UK. They felt the perfect companion to our production of Florian Zeller’s masterpiece The Son, to help us do full justice to Nicolas’ story.”

‘Florian Zeller’s remarkable play… Michael Longhurst’s immaculate production…

I’d defy anyone not to be moved’ Guardian

Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy with The Father and The Mother.

I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out?

‘This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all’

The Times

‘A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.’


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

For more information please visit

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @YoungMindsUK

For free advice and support for parents, call our helpline on 0808 802 5544

‘Exceptional… Fizzes with raw emotion… It totally blew me away.’

Daily Mail




By Florian Zeller

In a translation by Christopher Hampton

Cast: Amanda AbbingtonLaurie Kynaston, John Light, Amaka Okafor, Cudjoe Asare and Martin Turner

Director: Michael Longhurst; Designer: Lizzie Clachan; Lighting Designer: Lee Curran

Composer and Sound Designer: Isobel Waller-Bridge; Casting Director: Amy Ball

The Son marks the first West End transfer for the Kiln Theatre since it reopened last September, and is presented in the West End by Fiery Angel and Gavin Kalin Productions.

Based in Kilburn, Kiln Theatre creates internationally renowned, high-quality, engaging and innovative work which presents the world through a variety of different lenses, amplifying unheard voices into the mainstream. Led by Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham and Executive Director Daisy Heath, it makes theatre that crosses continents and tells big stories about human connections across cultures, race and languages.

We encourage artists of all ages and backgrounds. Our work is commissioned specifically for our theatre and produced by Kiln Theatre’s artistic team, as well as additional work which is programmed in collaboration with national or international partners.

Recent productions include White Teeth by Zadie Smith, adapted by Stephen Sharkey, Holy Sh!t by Alexis Zegerman, Approaching Empty by Ishy Din, The Son by Florian Zeller, The Half God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams, Wife by Samuel Adamson and Blues in the Night. Recent collaborations include the National Theatre, Tamasha and Sundance Theatre Lab (US).

The ambitious Creative Learning programme aims to champion the imagination, aspiration and potential of the Brent community young and old. It invests in creating meaningful relationships with young people to inspire and encourage their creativity, their confidence and self-esteem. It works with older people to create a thriving community around the theatre.

Listings                                                                                                                                                       The Son

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2B 4BG

24 August – 2 November

Box Office: 0844 871 7623


Twitter @thesonwestend

Instagram @thesonwestend

Facebook /thesonwestend

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinee 3pm

Tickets from £15




Reading Rep Theatre and Reading Libraries presents

The Nutcracker

Adapted and Directed by Helen Eastman

Composed by: Patrick Stockbridge

17 – 23 December 2019

Reading Rep Theatre today announces the world première of Helen Eastman’s The Nutcracker, a brand-new musical adaption of the classic tale for all the family. The production opens at Reading Studio from 20 December, with previews from 17 December, and runs until 23 December 2019.

It’s Christmas, and Marie is delighted with a new toy nutcracker from her Uncle. But this is no ordinary nutcracker…

In Drosselmeyer’s workshop, the magical Nutcracker brings all the toys to life to fight off the evil Mouse King and his army – and takes the audience on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets!

With original songs, live music, magical puppets and plenty of Christmas tinsel, this adaptation of A. E. Hoffman’s classic story is a festive family spectacular.

Paul Stacey, Artistic Director of Reading Rep, today said “We are thrilled to be presenting another world première this Christmas and reuniting the creative team from the hugely successful Alby the Penguin. This year’s show is more ambitious than ever with live music and songs. This will be the final show before we move to our new theatre and is sure to be a fitting festive celebration for the whole family.”

Helen Eastman’s credits as both writer and director include Foreclosure Follies (Symphony Space, international tour), Bicycle Boy (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival), Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas (Reading Rep) Dear Father Christmas, Where’s Father Christmas, Father Christmas and the Icicyle Bicycle, Hurry Up Father Christmas (Oxford Playhouse), Splat (Greenwich and Lewisham Festival). Her directing credits include Fair (Trafalgar Studios), Prometheus, Agamemnon, Frogs, Lysistrata (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Circus Etc (The De La Warr Pavilion), Wild Raspberries (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Bug Off (OTC Dublin and tour), Cure at Troy(Delphi International Festival, UK tour), Bridgetower (Hackney Empire, UK tour), Dido and Aeneas (English Touring Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Cork Opera House), and Cloudcuckooland (international tour), Alcestis (RADA). As a writer her credits include She Sells Sea Shells (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Hercules (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), The Price – a Suffragette Opera (W11 Opera), 147 and Chefs (Sheffield Theatres), Don’t Tell Not To Fly (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Everyoung (W11 Opera), Casket Girl (Aldeburgh Theatre), In The Night Garden Live (UK tour), Bing (UK tour). Helen has recently made a series of films in Ancient Greek which were installed at the V&A, provided a literal translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes to the National Theatre for Kate Tempest’s Paradise and been Classics consultant on shows including Electra (Old Vic), Translations (National Theatre) and The Goat or Who is Sylvia (Theatre Royal Haymarket). She founded the Live Canon ensemble and has created over 100 shows, pop-ups and interventions with the company at venues from Abbey Road to Broadway.

Patrick Stockbridge is a Musical Director, Composer and Pianist. His credits as Musical Director include Blood Brothers (UK tour), Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre), Die Fledermaus (King’s Head Theatre), News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre) and Ed Fringe: The Musical Revue (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). He is currently Musical Supervisor/Arranger on the forthcoming new musical, Normality at The Other Palace. Stockbridge has composed and arranged music for a range of venues including Oxford Playhouse, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall.

Reading Rep Theatre                                                                                                                                Listings

Reading College, King’s Road, Reading, RG1 4HJ

Box Office: 01189 554 757 /

Tuesday 17 December – Monday 23 December 2019

Performance Schedule:

17 – 20 December: 10am and 1pm

21 – 23 December: 10am, 1pm and 4pm

Tickets: £10 Standard, £30 family (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

PETER PAN GOES WRONG announces cast for UK Tour & London Christmas season



UK TOUR: 19 Oct 2019 – 29 Feb 2020


Mischief Theatre, the multi award-winning theatre company responsible for the worldwide smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong, today announces the full cast for its 2019/20 UK tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong.  The touring cast presents: Romayne Andrews (Dennis), Tom Babbage (Max), Georgia Bradley (Lucy), Connor Crawford (Chris), Katy Daghorn (Sandra), Phoebe Ellabani (Annie), Ciaran Kellgren (Jonathan), Ethan Moorhouse (Trevor), Oliver Senton (Robert), and Patrick Warner (Francis), with understudies Eboni DixonChristian JamesSoroosh Lavasani and Ava Pickett.

Opening at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 19 October 2019, the production will tour to 14 venues nationwide until 29 February, including a Christmas season at Alexandra Palace Theatre in London from 13 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. 

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry LewisJonathan Sayer and Henry ShieldsPeter Pan Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick, delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play sees the ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ back on stage battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland?

Nominated for an Olivier Award for ‘Best New Comedy’ in 2016, Peter Pan Goes Wrong has enjoyed two West End seasons, a tour of Australia and New Zealand and a UK tour. A one-hour version of the show was broadcast on primetime BBC One in December 2016, starring David Suchet as the guest narrator and watched by an audience of over six million worldwide.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. Current productions include: The Play That Goes Wrong which is now booking into its 5th year in the West End at the Duchess Theatre and also touring the United States and playing Off Broadway, following a two year run on Broadway and two sold out UK tours; The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, which is now in its 3rd year in the West End at the Criterion Theatre and recently enjoyed a nine-month UK tour. Their forthcoming ‘Mischief Season’, a year-long West End residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, will premiere three new comedies: Groan Ups from 20 September and Magic Goes Wrong from 14 December. The third production has yet to be revealed. Mischief are also set to launch a brand new six-part television series for BBC One, The Goes Wrong Show, written and starring the original founding Mischief Theatre members. The television series will be broadcast this autumn, dates yet to be announced. Mischief Theatre is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is directed by Adam Meggido, with set designs by Simon Scullion, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Matt Haskins, sound by Ella Wahlstrom, co-composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer, Associate Director Fred GrayPeter Pan Goes Wrong is produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd. A donation from every ticket sold is given to Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Tour Listings Information:
Sat 19 Oct – Sat 2 Nov CHELTENHAM Everyman TheatreRegent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ Mon – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mats: 2pm (exc 19 Oct) Box Office: 01242 572573 |
Tue 5 – Sun 10 Nov CARDIFF New TheatrePark Place, Cardiff CF10 3LN Tue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Thu, Sat, Sun mats: 2.30pm Box Office: 029 2087 8889 |
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Nov CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJTue – Sat eves: 7.45pm, Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Box Office 01223 503333 |
Tue 19 – Sun 24 Nov BRIGHTON Theatre RoyalNew Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1SDTue – Sat eves: 7.45pm, Thu, Sat, Sun mats: 2.30pm Box Office 0844 871 7650 |
Tue 26 Nov – Sun 1 Dec BATH Theatre RoyalSawclose, Bath BA1 1ETTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun mats: 2.30pm Box Office: 01225 448844 |
Tue 3 – Sat 7 Dec SALFORD QUAYS The LowryTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats: 2.00pmPier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZBox Office: 0843 208 6000 |
Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan LONDON Alexandra Palace TheatreSee full listings below  Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AYBox Office: 0871 220 0260
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jan WOKING New Victoria TheatreTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm,  Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pmThe Ambassadors, The Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQBox Office: 0844 871
Tue 21 – Sun 26 Jan CHESTER StoryhouseHunter Street, Chester CH1 2ARTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Wed, Sat & Sun mats 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 815 7202storyhouse.comTue 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb  SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DATue – Sat eves: 7.45pm, Wed, Thu mats 2pm; Sat mat 3pm Box Office: 0114 249 4 – Sat 8 Feb MILTON KEYNES Theatre500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7652 11 – Sun 16 Feb EDINBURGH Festival Theatre 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FTTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm; Sun mat 2pm Box Office: 0131 529
Tue 18 – Sat 22 Feb BIRMINGHAM Alexandra TheatreSuffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DSTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871
Tue 25 – Sat 29 Feb COVENTRY Belgrade TheatreTue – Sat eves: 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats: 2pmBelgrade Square, CV1 1GS Coventry GU6 8TBBox Office: 024 7655
London Christmas Season Listings Information:
PETER PAN GOES WRONGAlexandra Palace TheatreAlexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Fri 13 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020
Performance Times:Fri 13 Dec  7:30pmSat 14 Dec  2:30pm | 7:30pmSun 15 Dec 3pm | 7pmMon 16 Dec  No performanceTue 17 Dec   No performanceWed 18 Dec  7:30pmThu 19 Dec  2:30pm | 7:30pmFri 20 Dec  7:30pmSat 21 Dec  2:30pm | 7:30pmSun 22 Dec 3pm | 7pmMon 23 Dec  7:30pmThu 26 Dec  3pm | 7pmFri 27 Dec 7:30pmSat 28 Dec 2:30pm | 7:30pmSun 29 Dec 3pm | 7pmMon 30 Dec  7:30pmTue 31 Dec  No performanceWed 1 Jan 7:30pmThu 2 Jan 2:30pm | 7:30pmFri 3 Jan  7:30pmSat 4 Jan  2:30pm | 7:30pmSun 5 Jan 3pm | 7pm
Box Office: 0871 220 0260**Calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras |
Tickets from £20
 recommended 8+ 
Running Time:
 2 hrs 10 (inc a 20 minute interval)




The John Godber Company presents

The World Première of


Written and directed by John Godber

Wilton’s Music Hall

1 October – 5 October

Following the recent run of Scary Bikers at Trafalgar Studios, The John Godber Company today announces the world première of John Godber’s This is not Right. Godber directs Frazer Hammill (Dad) and Martha Godber(Holly Parker) in the production which opens on 2 October, with previews from 1 October, and runs until 5 October.

This is not Right is the unfiltered story of Holly Parker, a talented girl from a Council estate in Hull, and her single parent Dad. After exam success leads to her being bullied, Holly’s anxiety grows when her Dad becomes obsessed with the Madeleine McCann case and keeping her safe.

Holly moves on, from local college to University College London. Three years of freedom, music and mac ’n’ cheese. But a degree isn’t worth what it was, and soon she is back on the estate she was desperate to leave, back with the spice zombies and the vandals next door, struggling with an over-protective parent to make things work, with no money, no job, and a whole load of debt.

Then after one night at the Welly Club, another student goes missing… Now her Dad is losing control and Holly is scared.

Written and directed by BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner John Godber, this new play follows the critical success of Scary Bikers at Trafalgar Studios. This is not Right, is told in the signature style of his seminal worldwide hitBouncers.

John Godber is a writer and director. His credits as a playwright include Scary BikersBouncersUp ‘n’ Under (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), April in ParisTeechersBlood, Sweat and TearsCrampHappy JackSeptember in the RainSalt of the EarthPassion KillersHappy FamiliesUp ‘n’ Under llGym and TonicDraculaLucky SodsHooray for HollywoodWeekend BreaksIt Started With a KissUnleashedThick As a BrickBig Trouble in the Little BedroomSeasons in the SunOn a Night Like ThisOur House, DeparturesMen of the WorldReunionScreaming Blue MurderBlack Ties and TalesPerfect PitchGoing DutchChristmas Crackersand Crown Prince. Film writing credits include My Kingdom for a Horse (starring Sean Bean).

Martha Godber plays Holly Parker. Her previous theatre credits include Seasons in the Sun, I Want That Hair(East Riding Theatre), POP (Oldham Coliseum), The Memory Project, The Remarkable Tale of Dorothy Mackaill(Hull New Theatre), Three Emos (UK tour) and Right (The Old Vic).

Frazer Hammill plays Dad. His previous theatre credits include Wuthering HeightsLady Chatterley’s LoverMacbethStudsFlint Street NativityTeechers (Hull Truck Theatre), BouncersPoles ApartSculptor’s Surprise(Theatre Royal Wakefield) and Up ‘n’ Under (Hull New Theatre). For television his credits include Happy Valley and The Heart of Thomas Hardy. For film his credits include Justice LeagueAbraham’s Point and End of My Tether.

This Is Not Right                                                                                                                                               Listings

Wilton’s Music Hall

1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London, E1 8JB

Tuesday 1 October – Monday 5 October 2019

1 October            19:30

2 October            19:30                    

3 October            14:30/19:30

4 October            19:30

5 October            14:30/19:30

Box Office: 020 7702 2789