James Graham’s latest hit play, Monster Raving Loony, will transfer to London’s Soho Theatre next month after receiving its UK premiere in Plymouth earlier this spring.
The newest piece from the writer of This House and the BAFTA-nominated The Vote, Monster Raving Loony explores Britain’s post-war identity crisis through the eyes of one of UK politics’ most enduring figures, Screaming Lord Sutch.
It plays at Soho Theatre from 14 May to 18 June.
The story of Sutch, who lost a record-breaking 40 elections in his political career, is told through the filter of a host of British culture’s most recognisable comic characters, from music hall to Monty Python and panto to Alan Partridge.
Plymouth’s leading man Samuel James returns to the role of David Sutch, performing alongside a cast including Joseph Alessi, Camilla Beeput, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown and Tom Attwood.
The production is directed by Simon Stokes, the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth who was previously Artistic Director of London’s Bush Theatre in the 1970s and 1980s.
As Monster Raving Loony comes to Soho Theatre, it has also been announced that Graham’s Donmar Warehouse hit Privacy will open at New York’s Public Theater this summer.
The story of a writer exploring what privacy means in an era of technology, data, social media and governmental monitoring will be led by former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.