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Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis joins cast of OUR BOYS at Duchess Theatre

James Seabright, Jenny Topper, Sue Scott Davison and Lee Menzies present

Directed by David Grindley

Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, will make his West End debut this autumn when he joins Cian Barry, Arthur Darvill and Laurence Fox in the cast of Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre (previews from 26 September). Matthew takes on the role of Mick. Written by Jonathan Lewis Our Boys is a wonderfully funny yet searingly honest account of the tribulations, tedium and terror that young soldiers face when recovering from injuries incurred in the line of duty. 

Matthew was recently on our TV screens as Jamie in Kay Mellor’s primetime BBC One hit series The Syndicate, receiving a TV Choice Award nomination for best actor. He recently completed filming on forthcoming British heist movie Wasteland, co-starring Timothy Spall. On stage he was last seen in the national tour of Agatha Christie’s Verdict.

Our Boys, which opens at the Duchess Theatre on the 3 October, is the story of five young soldiers whose daily routine of TV, lonely hearts ads and light-hearted banter is shattered by the arrival of an unwelcome authority figure: a young officer fresh from Sandhurst. The camaraderie of this unlikely band of brothers is soon jeopardised by a dangerous incident and an act of betrayal. With charges of misconduct looming, accusations fly – and then the fighting really starts.

Our Boys won the Best New Play award in the 1993 Writers’ Guild Fringe Awards, and this first West End production comes from the creative team behind the Tony award winning international hit, Journey’s End.

Jonathan Lewis is a writer and director for theatre and television. He wrote and directed the original productions of Our Boys at the Cockpit Theatre, Derby Playhouse and Donmar Warehouse between 1993 and 1995. Other credits include Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson (director) and All Mouth (writer and director), both at the Menier Chocolate Factory. His solo show I Found My Horn was critically acclaimed when it opened in 2008 and subsequently toured the UK, including a run at Hampstead Theatre.  Jonathan is also an actor and has appeared in numerous plays and TV dramas including the critically acclaimed Speaking in Tongues at Hampstead Theatre, Soldier, Soldier, Silent Witness, London’s Burning and Heartbeat.

David Grindley’s theatre credits include: Journey’s End (Comedy); Abigail’s Party (Hampstead/Whitehall); Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford, Ontario); The Philanthropist (Broadway); The American Plan (Broadway); Crown Matrimonial (Tour); Blackbird (Tour); Pygmalion (Broadway); Journey’s End (Broadway) which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival. In The Club (Hampstead/Tour); Honour (Wyndham’s); The Philanthropist (Donmar); National Anthems (Old Vic); What The Butler Saw (Hampstead/Criterion); Some Girls (Gielgud); Loot (Chichester/Vaudeville) and The League of Gentlemen.

The design team – Jonathan Fensom, Jason Taylor and Gregory Clarke and have all worked with David Grindley on a number of acclaimed West End productions including Journey’s End, Abigail’s Party and Six Degrees of Separation.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
OUR BOYS by Jonathan Lewis

Theatre: Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA
Dates: Previews from Wednesday 26 September. Booking until Saturday 15 December.
PRESS NIGHT: Wednesday 3 October at 7pm
Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.45pm
Ticket prices: £20 / £45 / premium £65 – Previews £10 off all prices
Box Office: 0844 482 9672
Book online: www.nimaxtheatres.com /
Official show website: www.ourboystheplay.com

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