Jermyn Street Theatre has a laugh with spring comedy season

Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre has announces a season of new comedies to carry the venue forward into the summer.

As the general election campaign reaches its height, and education is a hot topic, the schooling system comes under scrutiny this April in the world premiere of Jonathan Guy Lewis’s comedy A Level Playing Field directed by Chris Popert.

In the music room of a top fee-paying London school, a group of 18-year-olds must sit out an hour of “isolation” to cover a clash of exams and avoid the risk of cheating.

But their supervising teacher has failed to turn up. In dealing with the dilemmas of the situation, the pupils gradually reveal a darker side to the pressures they are under.

An 11-strong teenage cast portray their own generation in this roller-coaster tale of hope, identity and shattered dreams.

Jonathan Guy Lewis in A View From The Bridge. Images Manuel Harlan.

Lewis’s play Our Boys opened to universally good reviews in 1991 and had a West End revival in 2012 starring Laurence Fox and Arthur Darvill.

His one-man show I Found My Horn was critically acclaimed when it opened in 2008. It toured the UK, had a run at the Hampstead Theatre in November 2009, and then came to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in 2014.

An actor and writer, Jonathan Guy Lewis is about to tour in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge with Michael Brandon.

In May JST presents the world premiere of Stewart Pemutt’s comedy Home for Wayward Women directed by Anthony Biggs.

Retired psychiatrist Joy Westendarp has opened up her lovely home to women who have been rejected by the mental health system.

Sixty-one year virgin and newcomer Alice doesn’t appear to have any problems, but she is bent on taking the place over.

The promiscuous Suzy and manically religious Phyllis meanwhile are making a play for the new intern George: scrawny and pompous, he is the only available man.

With the threat of a government inspection, Joy starts to lose a grip on the women and Alice stealthily starts to take over.

Closing the season will be Told Look Younger, a provocative and frank and comedy about sex, love, friendship and growing old which runs in June.

Written by Stephen Wyatt and directed by Sue Dunderdale Told Look Younger features three encounters between three gay men in their early sixties in a restaurant where neither the menu nor the decor are ever the same.

After years alone, following the death of his lover, Colin is planning to marry his 19-year-old Turkish boyfriend. Is it love, lust or loneliness which drives him? And is Achmed simply a gold-digger in search of a UK passport.

Whatever the truth, his two oldest friends are determined to stop him from taking the plunge though their own motives are far from clear.

The relentlessly promiscuous Jeremy is in a 30-year old relationship with a man he’s only had sex with once in the last decade.

While the celibate Oliver secretly fancies his graduate students and immerses himself in his unending research project on Cardinal Newman.

The play offers a funny, tough and moving insight into the lives of older gay men in particular and all older friends in general.

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