Touring news - March 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 26th February, 2017

Nell Gwynn, Roll Over Atlantic, The Gospel Of Matthew and Celebration, Florida

Nell Gwynn - tour starts 1 March

Laura Pitt-Pulford stars in the title role of Jessica Swale's Nell Gwynn.

Pitt-Pulford's credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Return of the Soldier, The Light Princess, A Man of No Importance, Mack and Mabel and Parade.

The play, which won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy when it premièred at The Globe, will be directed by Christopher Luscombe.

It tells the story of lowly orange seller Nell Gwynn's rise to paramour of none less than King Charles II.

Nell Gwynn is presented by English Touring Theatre in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black.

It tours until 29 April opening at The Lowry, Salford on 1 March then visits Theatre Royal Brighton, Malvern Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford, Hall for Cornwall, The Grand, Blackpool, Edinburgh Kings Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath.

Roll Over Atlantic – tour starts 1 March

Acclaimed Caribbean-British poet John Agard goes on a voyage with Christopher Columbus.

In his new play, he re–imagines the voyage of Columbus using his voice and that of the Atlantic, a native shaman, a mutinous crew, and even a chorus of politically-engaged mosquitoes.

Titled Roll Over Atlantic, Agard's satirical play is written in verse and performed with a soundscape.

It is directed by Mark C Hewitt and has musical backing by Thomas Arnold. The play is presented by Crosspath Theatre with support from Tilt.

The tour visits StAnza Poetry Festival Scotland, Black Box Studio, Cambridge, Stowe School Buckinghamshire, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Rugby Arts Festival Warwickshire.

The Gospel Of Matthew By Candlelight – tour starts 1 March

The Gospel Of Matthew By Candlelight tours churches in the South East during Lent.

Award–winning actor, George Dillon gives this intense, human and occasionally humorous solo peformance, inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station.

Dillon created the performance in the aftermath of 9/11 from his own translation of the first Gospel, and it has its première at the Brighton Festival in 2002. Since then it has been performed widely including on the Edinburgh fringe and abroad.

For Lent this year there will be 20 performances with some ticket proceeds going to homeless charities. Performances at some venues will not be candlelit, they will use lights, video and music.

Church venues: St Luke's Prestonville Brighton, St Matthew's Park Hill Croydon, St Mary the Virgin Horsham, St Nicholas of Myra Brighton, St Leonard's Streatham London, St Martin's Brighton, St Peter's Norbiton Kingston Upon Thames, St John the Divine Worthing, St Peter's Staines, St Barnabas Bexhill, St Mark's Kennington London, St Mary-at-Hill Eastcheap London, St Barnabas Southfields London, St Silas Pentonville London, All Saints Hove, St Barnabas Ealing London, St George's Brighton, St Luke's Queen's Park Brighton, St Peter's Henfield and All Saints Hove.

Theatre venues: Civic Theatre Barnsley, Leatherhead Theatre, Phoenix Centre Bordon and Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea.

Celebration, Florida – tour starts 1 March

Texan artist Greg Wohead's gregwohead.com show Celebration, Florida plays London's The Albany ahead of a tour.

Celebration, Florida takes its title from a town developed by the Walt Disney Company as the perfect American town and has at its core a meditation on longing, imagination and missed connections.

In the play, two unrehearsed performers will meet for the first time when they go in front of the audience. Their performances will be guided by Greg Wohead via headphones.

Celebration, Florida is a commission by The Albany and with support from The Yard. After playing The Albany the show visits The Lyric Bridport, Colchester Arts Centre, Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Northern Stage Newcastle and South Street Arts Centre Reading. Additional dates to be added.

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