Ralf Little will lead the cast of Stephen Unwin’s production of Peter Nichols’ A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, which opens at the Kingston’s Rose theatre next month.
Playing from 30 April to 18 May following its premiere at the Liverpool Playhouse, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg portrays the love and pain, the anger and strain, of a young couple raising a disabled child.
Playing the role of school teacher Bri who is struggling to cope with the demands of his life, Little is well known for his comedy roles in The Royle Family and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, but has appeared on stage in Love On The Dole at the National Theatre, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover at the Bush theatre and Notes On Falling Leaves at the Royal Court theatre, a performance that gained him an Olivier Award nomination.
Little will be joined in the cast of Nichols’ fast-paced black comedy by Rebecca Johnson, whose theatre credits include the Rose theatre’s recent production of Noël Coward’s The Vortex and National Theatre hit Coram Boy, and Jessica Bastick-Vines, an original cast member of Billy Elliot The Musical whose stage credits include Parade at the Southwark Playhouse.
The cast will also include star of Channel 4’s Shameless Marjorie Yates (Star Quality, Apollo theatre), Episodes’ Sally Tatum (The Second Mrs Tanqueray, Rose theatre) and Owen Oakeshott (Market Boy, National Theatre).
A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg will open at the Rose theatre following Richard Wilson’s production of Smack Family Robinson, starring Denise Welch and Keith Allen, which plays from 28 March to 20 April.