Gay classic, Beautiful Thing, backs Stonewall anti-bullying campaign

Beautiful Thing
2015 cast of Beautiful Thing. Photo by Anton Belmonte.

Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, returns to the UK in 2015 with an 18 week UK tour and a West End run to be announced.

The producers of Beautiful Thing have partnered with Stonewall and will raise money for the charity’s No Bystanders campaign with bucket collections in every venue.

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “Beautiful Thing is one of the iconic screen plays of modern gay culture.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that the UK-wide tour of this fantastic production will take this heart-warming story to a new generation while also raising money to support Stonewall’s work to tackle bullying in Britain’s schools.”

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive of Nottingham Playhouse, who are co-producing, added: “We are proud to be co-producing Beautiful Thing, a wonderful moving, funny and uplifting love story.

“We’re also delighted to be working in partnership with Stonewall to support their campaign to combat homophobic bullying in schools.”

Beautiful Thing is an urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate.

It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with a classmate and neighbour.

Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah.

Jonathan Harvey combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.

Executive producer Tom O’Connell said: “Having produced the original anniversary production, I am honoured to now partner with Nottingham Playhouse and Curve theatre, Leicester, two fantastic producing theatres, to bring Jonathan’s hit comedy to the stage one more time.

“Nikolai and I made a promise to each other that if we ever re-visited his production it would play cities and theatres that it hadn’t been to before.

“We feel, with this new cast and with some new elements added to the show, this new production will have audiences smiling all the way home.”

Gerard McCarthy (Hollyoaks regular Kris Fisher, BBC2’s The Fall, and Netflix epic Titanic: Blood and Steel) plays Tony.

Other theatrical credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor (Globe) and Blue/Orange for ATG.

Vanessa Babirye, recently seen in BBC2’s Our Girl, and at the National Theatre in Romeo and Juliet, will star as Leah.

The cast also includes Charlie Brooks, Thomas Law, Sam Jackson, Rob Ellis and Natalie Law.

2015 Tour Dates:

March 23/24, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
March 30-April 11, Hippodrome Studio, Birmingham
April 13-18, Quays Studio, Lowry Theatre, Manchester
April 21-May 9, Nottingham Playhouse
May 11-16, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
May 18-23, Royal and Derngate, Northampton
May 25-30, Curve Studio, Leicester
June 22-27, Wycombe Swan
July 14-18, New Theatre, Cardiff
July 20-25, Theatre Royal, Brighton.

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