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London Theatre News Today: Thursday 23 January

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 23 January 2020, Last Updated 24 January 2020

Samuel Bailey’s award-winning Shook transfers to the West End with tickets now on sale!

Shook’s sensational UK tour broke box office records, won rave reviews and earned nominations for seven Off-West End Awards including: Best Production, Best New Play, Most Promising Playwright, Best Director (Plays), Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Performance Ensemble.

George Turvey said today: “We’re thrilled to transfer Shook in Samuel Bailey and Papatango’s West End premières. After a record-breaking run at Southwark Playhouse and a national tour, it’s a joy to revive this very special show and share it with a wider audience.”

The production will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 14 April, marking Papatango’s first West End transfer. Artistic director George Turvey reunites the company from the acclaimed debut run at Southwark Playhouse and on tour in 2019.

Follow the story of Cain (Josh Finan), Riyad (Ivan Oyik) and Jonjo (Josef Davies) who, instead of GCSEs, got sentences. Locked up in a young offenders’ institution, they trade sweets, chat shit, kill time – and await fatherhood. Grace’s (Andrea Hall) job is to turn these teenagers into parents, but can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system?

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1,406 entries, Shook tenderly and honestly examines the young men society shuts away.

Playing from 14 April, with previews from 8 April, and running until 9 May, book your tickets now to see this cracking debut!

The Rose Theatre, Kingston today announced the full cast of The Creature: Frankenstein Retold opening on 28 February. 

Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, and adapted for the stage by Ciaran McConville, the unflinching, contemporary masterpiece will play from 28 – 29 February, with previews on 27 February.

An arctic vessel trapped in the frozen ocean, takes on a stranger far from shore, who warns of an impending attack from a creature of superhuman strength. As the captain tries to find some way of defending his cargo, a horrifying story emerges.

Directed by Lucy Morrell, the cast is formed of Rose Youth Theatre alumni and includes: Billy Brown (Henri/Landlord), Eleanor Clark (The Creator), Katherine Liley (Flic/Safi), Louis Mertens (Mr Kirwin/Elias/Aleksei), Joshua King Milne (Professor Waldman/Fira/ Moritz), Frankie Oldham (Mr Kremp/Vadim), Anna Pryce (The Creature), Francis Redfern (Ralf Wile) and Daisy Tucker (Elizabeth).

Director Lucy Morrell said today: “It is brilliant to be working with a group of our outstanding young performers in bringing The Creature: [Frankenstein Retold] to the Rose main stage. This is an exciting production and these young artists are a testament to the Rose’s commitment to supporting young people in the community. I’m thrilled that we’re able to offer them this opportunity to make their professional stage debut.”

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