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The Retreat

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The Retreat, the first play by Peep Show and Fresh Meat co-creator Sam Bain, is directed by Ab Fab's Kathy Burke at the Park Theatre. Read More >

The Retreat, the first play by Peep Show and Fresh Meat co-creator Sam Bain, is directed by Ab Fab’s Kathy Burke at the Park Theatre.

The Retreat follows Luke, a former high-flyer from the City, as he sits in a remote stone hut halfway up a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. He is on a meditation retreat, searching for the inner peace that so far has eluded him. The trouble is, not only will his mind not settle, but an uninvited guest arrives – his obnoxious older brother Tony.

Is Tony everything that’s wrong with Luke’s old life, or is he the only one who can really see into his soul? And is Luke’s quest for spirituality a way of transforming himself, or is it just another form of addiction? The Retreat is a sharp new comedy drama about a world where we can never escape ourselves, or find ourselves either.

The play stars Adam Deacon (best known for playing the lead role of Jay in films Kidulthood and Adulthood), who will play Tony; Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink in Doctor Who), who will play Luke; and Yasmine Akram (Janine in Sherlock), will play Tara.

The Retreat is written Sam Bain, who, along with Jesse Armstrong, has co-created and co-written nine series of the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, winning BAFTA, British Comedy, Royal Television Society and Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards. Sam is also co-creator of Channel 4 comedy drama Fresh Meat, which ran for four series and won a British Comedy Award.

The show is directed by Kathy Burke, who as an actor is well known for television work including Ab Fab, Harry Enfield And Chums and Gimme Gimme Gimme, for which she won a British Comedy Award.

The Retreat will play at Park Theatre from Thursday 2 November to Saturday 2 December 2017.

Age Recommendation: 14+. 

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 2/11/2017

Opening Night: 7/11/2017

Closing Night: 2/12/2017

Running time: TBC

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Cast & Creative


Tara - Yasmine Akram

Luke - Samuel Anderson

Tony - Adam Deacon


Director - Kathy Burke

Producer - Debbie Hicks & Jesse Romain in association with Kings Head Theatre and Park Theatre

Costume - Paul Wills

Lighting Designer - Paul Keogan

Set Designer - Paul Wills

Sound - John Leonard

Author - Sam Bain

About Park Theatre

Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

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