What’s On 2017: Torben Betts’ Invincible announces new tour


Torben Betts’ critically acclaimed Invincible is touring for the second time in 2017 after overwhelming public demand, say producers, The Original Theatre Company.

The 2017 tour will open at Royal & Derngate in Northampton in January with Alastair Whatley, Emily Bowker and Graham Brookes reprising the roles of Oliver, Emily and Alan respectively. Elizabeth Boag joins the 2017 tour as Dawn.

Artistic Director of The Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley, said: “We are delighted to be taking Invincible back on the road.

“Torben’s state of the nation comedy reached out to audiences across the UK in 2016 with his vision of a nation divided, cleft in two down the Watford Gap. We look forward to navigating the play through post Brexit Britain in 2017.” (Read Stage Review’s five-star verdict bit.ly/1qMusQ9)


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 Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre in 2014 and transferred later that same year to St James Theatre, London. It then had its first UK tour in 2016.

Invencible, a Spanish version of the comedy, has just begun a nine-month tour of Spain, starring Spanish film actress Maribel Verdu.

2016 tour trailer:


24 – 28 January, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
31 Jan – 4 February, Derby Theatre
8 – 10 February, Cast Doncaster
16 – 18 February, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
22 – 25 February, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
1 – 4 March, Cambridge Arts Theatre
7 – 11 March, Palace Theatre, Southend
15 – 18 March, Harrogate Theatre
21 – 25 March, Lichfield Garrick Theatre
28 – 30 March, Theatre Royal Brighton.

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