Monday, 29 September 2014

Charlie Brooks, Thomas Law & Sam Jackson star in UK Tour of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing

First casting has been announced for a UK Tour of Nikolai Foster's production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing. Former EastEnders actors Charlie Brooks and Thomas Law will star as Sandra and Ste. Sam Jackson (Skins) plays Jamie.

The show will open in Canterbury next March before visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton. Further venues to be announced.

Director Nikolai Foster said: "Beautiful Thing empowers everybody who sees it. I'm honoured to be revisiting Jonathan's exceptional play once again, this time bringing it to towns and cities across the UK, where I know it will make a positive difference to many lives."

Executive producer Tom O'Connell said, "Having produced the original anniversary production, I am honoured to now partner with Nottingham Playhouse and Curve theatre, Leicester, two fantastic producing theatres, to bring Jonathan's hit comedy to the stage one more time. Nikolai and I made a promise to each other that if we ever re-visited his production it would play cities and theatresthat it hadn't been to before. We feel with this new cast and with some newe lements added to the show, this new production will have audiences smiling all the way home."

Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York's, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award. A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit.

Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie's relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.

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