Matthew Kelly leads a top cast on a UK tour of Richard Bean’s hilarious comedy, Toast, which opens this week at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Accompanying Kelly in Snapdragon Productions’ revival is Simon Greenall, Will Barton, Steve Nicolson, Matt Sutton and John Wark, all reprising their roles from the 2014 Park Theatre run. Kieran Knowles is the sole new cast member who joins the company in the role of Dezzie.
The UK tour continues until April before the show heads to New York for the prestigious Brits off Broadway season.
Another Sunday night shift. The smell of bread baking. The industrial thump, thump, thump of the machines that never stop. The ovens are cranked up to full blast, the factory is humming, and everyone wants to be somewhere else.
But this shift is going to be different. Because when a crisis hits the factory, the men have more to lose than just their wages.
This brilliantly observed moving and funny play is based on the year Bean spent working in a mass production bread plant with each character inspired by someone he worked alongside.
Matthew Kelly has earned a well respected theatrical career since those heady days when he was the face of ITV’s talent show, Stars In Their eyes.
In recent years he has appeared in panto; done a season at the RSC with roles in Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, and The Jew of Malta; Twelfth Night at Liverpool Everyman; To Sir With Love (Royal& Derngate and UK tour); The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible); The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse); God of Carnage (Nuffield, Southampton) and Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory and Edinburgh).
On TV his credits include Cold Blood, Bleak House, Moving On, Benidorm, MI High, My Family At War, Forensic Casebook, City Hospital.
2016 Tour Dates
Until February 13, Rose Theatre Kingston February 16-20, Oxford Playhouse February 22-27, Malvern Theatres February 29-March 5, Norwich Theatre Royal March 7-12, Bath Theatre Royal March 14-19, Worthing Theatres (Connaught) March 21-26, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud March 28-April 2, Cambridge Arts Theatre April 4-9, Nottingham Theatre Royal