Swan to watch on tour

Published: 10 May 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Andrew Lancel Credit: Alan Williams

Following a première at Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, Swan Song, a revised comedy by playwright Jonathan Harvey, is heading out on a northern tour in July.

A one-man play starring Andrew Lancel, it is directed by BAFTA-winning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms.

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 2020. The show then moves on to reopen the Little Theatre in Southport, Dukes Theatre in Lancaster and City Varieties in Leeds. All adhere to current regulations.

Swan Song was first staged at Edinburgh Fringe in 1997, before transferring to Hampstead Theatre with award-winning comedy actress Rebecca Front in the lead role. Harvey adapted the 70-minute play specially for Lancel at Liverpool Theatre Festival.

Set in Liverpool, it is Christmas 1997, the world is changing and in the staffroom, gay forty-something English teacher Dave Titswell finds not all change is welcome.