Touring News – September 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 3rd September, 2017

Love Letters, Wipers Times, #Armingtheworld, Growth, Love or Money

Love Letters – tour starts 11 September

Hollywood's Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal are to star in a UK tour of Love Letters, written by A R Gurney and directed by Gregory Mosher.

MacGraw's film credits include Goodbye Columbus, The Getaway and Love Story which co-starred O'Neal whose other film credits include What’s Up Doc, Paper Moon and Barry Lyndon.

Gurney's credits include The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia and Ancestral Voices and Mosher is the former director of Lincoln Center Theater and artistic director of the Goodman Theatre. The play has enjoyed a successful tour of the US.

The tour opens on 11 September at the Theatre Royal Bath and continues for twelve weeks. Tickets go on sale in early 2017.

The Wipers Times - tour starts 12 September

The Wipers Times which has recently enjoyed a run in London's West End tours again.

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, it is a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film which tells the true story of a satirical newspaper created at the Somme when two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.

The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie, the composer is Nick Green and the musical director is Paul Herbert.

The Wipers Times visits Cardiff New Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Richmond Theatre, Newcastle Northern Stage, Palace Theatre Southend-on-Sea, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Salisbury Playhouse, Manchester Opera House, Glasgow Theatre Royal, Chichester Festival Theatre and Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.

#Armingtheworld – tour starts 12 September

#Armingtheworld is a pop-up theatrical installation that takes on international arms trade. It comes from stage designer takis, site specific theatre specialists Teatro Vivo and human rights charity and theatre company Ice&Fire and visits various London venues.

Part stage performance, part fashion show, part interactive educational exposition, the purpose of the event is raising public awareness of the British Arms Trade and the Government's role.

With one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, DSEI, taking place in London this year to showcase the lethal weapons sold by British "defence and security" companies, #ArmingTheWorld provides a Weapons Catwalk as part of a satirical presentation.

All shows are in public spaces and are free to attend. Places should be booked online.

#ArmingTheWorld performances are taking place in partnership with The Albany, Stratford Circus, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, The Chelsea Theatre, Underbelly Festival Southbank and at other locations in central London look online for details.

Growth – tour starts 13 September

A second tour of Luke Norris’s Growth runs this autumn. The play won a Fringe First when it was first seen at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Norris's other credits include Goodbye To All That and So Here We Are both for the stage. He also writes for the screen and acts.

Dominic Jones plays Tobes, a young man who ignores "a lump in a bag of lumps" until it starts to cramp his style and affect his sex life.

Jones is joined by Dafydd Llyr Thomas and Safiyya Ingar. George Perrin directs.

Growth is presented by Paines Plough. It visits The Garage, Mill Arts Centre, Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Span Arts, Theatr Brycheiniog, Salisbury Arts Centre, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Pegasus Theatre, Trinity Theatre, The Key Theatre, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live, Theatre Royal Dumfries, Assembly Roxy, The Kirkgate, South Holland Centre, Clifftown Theatre Essex, Hull Truck Theatre, The North Wall, Trestle Theatre and Arts Base, Theatr Clwyd, Middlesbrough Theatre, Stamford Arts Centre, Preston Continental, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Pound Arts Centre, Argyll Arts Centre, Craignish Village Hall and West Coast Arts.

For Love or Money – tour starts 14 September

The world première of Northern Broadsides' For Love or Money tours until December.

The comedy is written by playwright, poet and novelist Blake Morrison and is a new adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret.

This will be only the second time this 1709 comedy has been performed on the British stage and the seventh Northern Broadsides commissioned from Morrison.

The plot is now set in a small Yorkshire town where a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors, the younger, impoverished one having ideas for the lavish gifts bestowed on her by his older, wealthy rival.

For Love or Money will be directed by Northern Broadsides' artistic director Barrie Rutter, who will also play his final role for the company.

The cast features Sarah-Jane Potts, Jos Vantyler, Jordan Metcalfe, Matthew Booth, Sarah Parks, Kat Rose-Martin, Jim English and Jacqueline Naylor.

For Love or Money opens at The Viaduct Theatre Halifax and visits West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Rose Theatre Kingston, New Vic Theatre Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, Liverpool Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.

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