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Suranne Jones to star in the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's BEAUTIFUL THING


THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF 
JONATHAN HARVEY’S CLASSIC PLAY 
BEAUTIFUL THING
 
RETURNS TO THE WEST END IN APRIL 2013 
STARRING SURANNE JONES 
DIRECTED BY NIKOLAI FOSTER

Jonathan Harvey’s classic play, Beautiful Thing, will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year with a brand new production at the Arts Theatre in the West End from 13 April – 25 May, with a press night on Wednesday 17 April, followed by a short UK tour visiting Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton. Directed by Nikolai Foster, and designed by Colin Richmond, the production will star Suranne Jones, with further casting to be announced.

Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.

Jonathan Harvey wrote beautiful thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York’s, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award. A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit. Jonathan is  a regular writer for Coronation Street and wrote the TV hit series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, as well as the best-selling 2012 novel All She Wants.  His plays include Canary and Corrie!

Suranne Jones will star as Sandra, Jamie’s mother. Suranne is best known for her role as ‘Karen McDonald’ in Coronation Street (where she worked closely with Jonathan Harvey), and ‘DC Rachel Bailey’ in Scott & Bailey.  Her recent television credits include the human tardis in Dr Who, A Touch of Cloth and The Secret of Crickley Hall (BBC One). Her stage work includes Top Girls (Trafalgar Studios & CFT), A Few Good Men with Jon Barrowman and Rob Lowe (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit.

Nikolai Foster is an Associate Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. His work has been seen in most of the UK’s leading regional theatres, touring houses and internationally, and recent productions include Flashdance (West End), Hayfever (CFT), Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal & The Touring Consortium), and Annie (WYP, Leeds).

Over its 20 year history play has featured in the careers of many famous actors including Jonny Lee Miller, Hugh Bonneville, Philip Glennister, Andrew Garfield, and Rhys Ifans, and has been produced over 25 times worldwide, with international dates in China, France, Canada, Australia and Holland.

The production will be produced by Tom O'Connell for QNQ Ltd, who recently co-produced Blake Harrison's West End debut in Step 9 of 12 (Trafalgar Studios)

LISTINGS INFO
Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JB

Nearest tube Leicester Square


Box Office: 0207 836 8463


Performance schedule
Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm
Matinees Thursday and Saturday at 3.00pm

Tickets from £20.00 - £35.00 top price (£45.00 premium)

UK tour – 2013 dates

28 May - 1 June  Liverpool Playhouse
Box office: 0151 709 4776  http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

3 June - 8 June  West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Box office: 0113 213 7700  http://www.wyp.org.uk/

10 June - 15 June Brighton Theatre Royal
Box office: 0844 871 7627  www.atgtickets/brighton

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