Swan Song set for tour

Published: 13 December 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Andrew Lancel in Swan Song Credit: David Munn

After a première at Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, Swan Song, a revised comedy by playwright Jonathan Harvey, is heading out on tour in February to coincide with LGBT History Month.

The play will open at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre for six performances over three nights, the first live performances at the theatre since closing in March. The show then moves on to The Atkinson Southport, Lighthouse Poole, Swan Theatre Worcester, Belgrade Coventry, Dukes Lancaster, City Varieties Leeds and Capitol Horsham. All will present to 'socially distanced' audiences and more dates are to be confirmed.

Swan Song was first staged at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997, before transferring to Hampstead Theatre with Rebecca Front in the lead role. Jonathan Harvey adapted the 70-minute play specially for Liverpool for Andrew Lancel to play the solo role of Dave Titswell.

It’s a bittersweet comedy set in Liverpool at Christmas 1997. The world is changing and in the staffroom, gay, 40-something English teacher Dave finds that not all change is welcome.