Torben Betts’ Invincible addition to Brits Off Broadway fest

Torben Betts‘ critically acclaimed dark comedy about the north-south divide, Invincible, is crossing the pond for a month-long residency in New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival.

Invincible has only just completed a second national tour where it won praise from critics and audience-goers alike.

It will now perform at the 13th annual Brits Off Broadway festival in New York City from June 1 – July 2. The production, which opened at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in January 2017 and curently touring the UK until mid-April.

Brits Off Broadway is produced by 59E59 Theaters and aims to introduce new artists and new British theatre to New York audiences. 

INVINCIBLE will be in the company of works such as J.B. Priestley’s The Roundabout by Cahoots Theatre Company, The Other Cheek & Park Theatre, among others.

In New York, Alastair Whatley, Elizabeth Boag, Emily Bowker and Graham Brookes will reprise the roles of Oliver, Dawn, Emily and Alan respectively.

Artistic Director of The Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley said “I am delighted that after 13 years touring the UK, we have been invited to spread our wings and cross the Atlantic.

“From our early beginnings in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens in 2005 to Brits Off Broadway in New York in 2017 it has been quite the journey. Not always an easy one, but never a dull one.” 

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. 

One night, they open their doors to their next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan.  Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide, resulting in consequences that are both tragic and hilarious.

Invincible premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond in 2014 and transferred later that same year to St James Theatre, London.

Torben Betts became the resident dramatist at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1999.  His play The Unconquered won Best New Play 2006/07 at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. 

2015 saw a revival of his acclaimed 2012 play Muswell Hill at London’s Park Theatre, What Falls Apart opened at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and his version of Chekhov’s The Seagullwas staged at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

In February 2016, Betts adapted Get Carter for Northern Stage in Newcastle.

REMAINING UK TOUR SCHEDULE        

22 – 25 February, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough                                    
1 – 4 March, Cambridge Arts Theatre 
15 – 18 March, Harrogate Theatre                               
21 – 25 March, Lichfield Garrick Theatre                 
28 – 30 March, Theatre Royal Brighton 
4 – 15 April, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

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