Boyzone’s Keith Duffy packs a punch in A Handful Of Stars

Keith Duffy and Michael O'Connor. Photo by Richard Davenport
Keith Duffy and Michael O’Connor. Photo by Richard Davenport

Two shows transfer from Battersea’s new writing powerhouse to Trafalgar Studio 2.

Boyzone star Keith Duffy makes his West End début reprising his role in the hit revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful Of Stars from 25 June to 25 July.

2013’s critically acclaimed new play Land Of Our Fathers by Chris Urch, moves into the venue from 2 September to 4 October.

Both shows are directed by artistic director Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503’s first West End return since their Olivier Award-winning production of The Mountaintop in 2009.

A Handful Of Stars has a celebrated cast including Coronation Street actor and Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days).

First performed in 1988, the drama was an instant hit and created a modern anti-hero in Jimmy Brady.

It is set in the Irish town of Wexford where Jimmy rails against the moral corruption around him.

It is part of the theatre’s artistic programme of ‘Second Looks’, where overlooked classics are given fresh revivals.

Land Of Our Fathers by emerging talent Chris Urch is set on the eve of the 1979 General Election.

A funny and deeply moving drama that depicts the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine.

Returning from the critically acclaimed 2013 production is theatre veteran Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), alongside a cast including Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price.

Public booking is now open.

Here is a taster of what is to come – the original trailer for the Theatre503 production of A Handful Of Stars

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