Tom Stoppard’s high-seas comedy, Rough Crossing, voyages out this spring

Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing is being revived this spring for a UK tour, starring John Partridge and Charlie Stemp, and directed by Rachel Kavanaugh (The Wind in the Willows, Half a Sixpence).

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night.

But they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man.

Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

John Partridge, winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef, is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders.

He is one of musical theatre’s most prolific leading men, having played in major West End musical hits such as Chorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles.

Joining John is one of musical theatre’s brightest upcoming stars, Olivier-award nominee Charlie Stemp, who has triumphed on Broadway, starring opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!, and in London in Half a Sixpence.

He will also be playing Bert in the 2019 revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End, this autumn.

They will be joined by West-End star Issy van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda), Matthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Holby City’s Rob Ostlere and Simon Dutton (The Saint).

Rough Crossing opens at the Theatre Royal Windsor in January followed by a nationwide tour.

2019 UK Tour Dates

January 30 – February 9, Windsor Theatre Royal
February 11-16, Chichester Festival Theatre
February 18-23, Lowry Theatre, Salford
February 25-March 2, Bath Theatre Royal
March 5-9, Malvern Theatre
March 11-16, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
March 18-23, Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
March 25-30, Norwich Theatre Royal
April 1-6, Leeds Grand Theatre
April 8-13, Cambridge Arts Theatre.

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