Award-winning Beautiful Thing set for 2015 national tour

Beautiful Thing with Charlie Brooks, Sam Jackson & Thomas Law. Photo by Anton Belmonte.
Beautiful Thing with Charlie Brooks, Sam Jackson & Thomas Law. Photo by Anton Belmonte.

Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing returns next year with a brand new cast for an 18 week UK tour.

Multi-award winning actress Charlie Brooks (EastEnders’ Janine Butcher), will lead the cast as Sandra.

Other notable credits include Bleak House and a critically acclaimed stage performance in Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse). She was also winner of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

Fellow EastEnder Thomas Law, whose other roles include Matt Haddon in Casualty and as a young Simon Pegg in the film The World’s End.

Sam Jackson, (Skins, Drifters and a critically acclaimed performance in Kes (Derby Theatre).

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

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

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

Director Nikolai Foster said: “Beautiful Thing empowers everybody who sees it.

“I’m honoured to be revisiting Jonathan’s exceptional play once again, this time bringing it to towns and cities across the UK, where I know it will make a positive difference to many lives.”

Jonathan Harvey wrote beautiful thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York’s.

It eventually won its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award.

A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit.

Jonathan is a regular writer for Coronation Street and wrote the TV hit series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, as well as the best-selling 2012 novel All She Wants. His plays include Canary and Corrie!

2015 tour dates:

March 23–24, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
March 30-April 11, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
April 13-18, Quays Studio, Lowry, Salford
April 20-May 9, Nottingham Playhouse
May 25-30, Curve Studio, Leicester
July 13-18, New Theatre, Cardiff
July 20-25, Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Further dates to be announced.

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