Christopher Durang’s hit Broadway comedy Beyond Therapy will tour the UK this autumn starring Tracy Shaw and Matt Lapinskas, opening at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage in September.
Prudence and Bruce are two New Yorkers who are deeply into therapy. But their problems really begin when their overzealous therapists suggest the answer to all their problems is to start dating.
The trouble is, while Prudence just wants to meet a nice reliable man, Bruce – unbeknown to his therapist – is already dating one.
Crossed wires quickly lead to chaos, when a well-intentioned online ad puts Prudence and Bruce on the path to the worst date in history.
Hilarious and touching in equal measure, this Broadway comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at modern relationships, and questions whether we are all Beyond Therapy.
Tracy Shaw stars as Prudence. She is best known as Maxine Peacock in Coronation Street, a role she played for 10 years. Other television credits include September Song (ITV), All Quiet on the Preston Front (BBC) and Mile High (Sky One), with stage credits including The Blue Room (UK Tour) and Mum’s the Word (UK Tour).
Matt Lapinskas is therapist Stuart. Known for his role as Anthony Moon in EastEnders from 2011-12, Matt was later a contestant on the 8th series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, reaching the final.
On stage, roles include The Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (UK Tour) and Messala in Ben Hur (Reading Hexagon). Matt also appeared in the Dancing on Ice Live UK Tour.
The cast also features Sam Lupton (Wicked West End, Little Shop of Horrors UK Tour) as Bruce, Mandy Holliday (Les Misérables, West End), Joe Douglass (Brass, Union Theatre) and Sam Bradshaw.
Beyond Therapy is directed by Susan Raasay.
UK TOUR LISTINGS
September 4–7,GORDON CRAIG THEATRE, STEVENAGE
September 9-10, GLADSTONE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
September 11-12, LANCASTER GRAND THEATRE
September, 13-14, CASTLEFORD PHOENIX THEATRE
September 16–18, THE ALBANY THEATRE, COVENTRY
September 19–21, THE BARN THEATRE, CIRENCESTER
September 23–25, THE LANDMARK THEATRE, ILFRACOMBE
October 1–3, PALACE THEATRE, PAIGNTON
October 5, CHEQUER MEAD THEATRE, EAST GRINSTEAD
October 7–9, THE LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, KETTERING
October 11–12, THE MUNI THEATRE, LANCASHIRE.