Flat caps and tapas as Torben Betts’ Invincible starts UK tour


The north/south divide has never been wider than in Torben Betts’ hilarious comedy, Invincible which launches its first national tour next week after proving a huge success in London.

Directed by Christopher Harper the full cast is Alastair Whatley, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes and Kerry Bennett. The tour begins in Bury St Edmunds on March 30.

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.

Alastair Whatley, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett in Invincible

Invincible first premièred at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in 2014 and transferred later that same year to St James Theatre, London, receiving widespread critical acclaim (read Stage Review’s verdict bit.ly/1oHL0Qv).

Alastair Whatley, artistic director of the Original Theatre Company, will play Oliver. He most recently played Teddy Graham in the 2015 UK tour of Flare Path, and Evans in the UK tour of Birdsong. His other recent theatre roles include Three Men in a Boat, See How They Run and Henry V.

Emily Bowker’s theatre credits include Up Down Man, Birdsong, A Bunch of Amateurs, What the Women Did and London Wall.

Graeme Brookes most recently appeared in The Tempest, A View from a Bridge, The Rivals, A Slight Ache/The Lover, King David – Man of Blood and Transmissions.

Kerry Bennett recently finished playing Jess Cranham in the BBC One drama Casualty. Her theatre work includes Calendar Girls, One for All, The Queen is Dead.


March 30-April 2, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
April 5-9, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
April 12-14, Hull Truck Theatre
April 19-23, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
April 26-27, South Hill Park, Bracknell
April 28-30, Mercury Theatre, Colchester
May 2-4, Gala Theatre, Durham
May 6-7, Stamford Arts Centre
May 10-14, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
May 17-21, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
May 23-24, Theatre Royal Winchester
May 26-28, Key Theatre, Peterborough
June 7-11, Exeter Northcott Theatre
June 14-18, Festival Theatre, Malvern.

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