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Matthew Kelly leads Park’s Toast

Published 30 June 2014

Olivier Award-winning actor Matthew Kelly and I’m Alan Partridge’s Simon Greenall will star in the Park Theatre’s revival of Richard Bean’s biographical drama Toast.

Directed by Eleanor Rhode, Toast will play from 27 August until 21 September in the Finsbury Park theatre’s Park200 space with Kelly in the role of Nellie and Greenall as Cecil.

Inspired by the year the One Man, Two Guvnors playwright spent working in a mass production bread plant, Toast tells the story of a very different Sunday night shift. The ovens are cranked up, the machines are whirring and everyone wants to be somewhere else, but when a crisis hits the men have more than their wages to lose.

Kelly returns to the stage following his most recent stage credit in Southwark Playhouse’s 2012 high-profile production of The Seagull. A veteran theatre performer, his numerous West End credits include his Olivier Award-winning turn in Of Mice And Men, Waiting For Godot, in which he starred opposite Roger Rees and Ian McKellen, Sign Of The Times and Lend Me A Tenor The Musical.

Also a familiar face on screen, Kelly’s television credits include Cold Blood, Bleak House and Egypt: The Pharaoh And The Showman. His forthcoming co-star Greenall, who makes his stage return after a 20 year absence, is also well known for his screen appearances. Best known for his long-running role as Michael In I’m Alan Partridge, his many other screen credits include Cardinal Burns, W1A, Inspector George Gently and Common People.

Ahead of Toast arriving at the Park Theatre, all eyes will be on Bean this week as his latest work, Great Britain, opens at the National Theatre tonight following last week’s surprise announcement.

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