THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK starring Christopher Timothy to open at York Theatre Royal this week before embarking on national tour

The Diary Of Anne Frank

Following last year’s acclaimed production of To Kill A Mockingbird, York Theatre Royal and the Touring Consortium Theatre Company bring another classic text to the stage. The stunning new production will open at York Theatre Royal on Fri 17 Feb and run until Sat 3 Mar before embarking on a UK wide tour.

Anne Frank's famous diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944. This Pulitzer prize winning play dramatises Anne’s wry, witty and poignant observations of herself, her family and their fellow occupants as they lived from day to day in the confinement of their shared attic home. This extraordinary personal account of hope, courage and survival has united and touched people worldwide.

Christopher Timothy stars as Otto Frank. Christopher is one of the UKs most popular actors and is best known for his roles as Thirsk vet James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac in the BBC series Doctors. He also played Christ in the 1980 staging of the York Mystery Plays and his return to York coincides with for the York Mystery Plays 2012 this summer, being fully underway.

Steven Pinder plays Mr Van Daan, the father of the other family that joined the Franks. Steven is also a familiar face on British TV screens, he is best known for his role as Max Farnham from 1990-2003 in long-running soap Brookside as well as appearances in Doctors, Casualty and Emmerdale.

The outstanding cast of 11 in full are: Christopher Timothy, Steven Pinder, Amy Dawson, Robert Galas, Dominic Gately, Sarah Ingram, Philip Marriott, Sally Oliver, Kerry Peers, Steven, Victoria Ross and Andrew Westfield.

Nikolai Foster is one of the most talented directors working in the UK today. His credits include a new production of the Broadway musical Annie, As You Like it, a new adaptation of Great Expectations, Flashdance, All the Fun of the Fair, Hay Fever, and The Witches of Eastwick. He also directed the Touring Consortium Theatre’s Company’s production of Kes in 2009.

York Theatre Royal have previously collaborated with The Touring Consortium Theatre Company on 2011’s critically acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird and the Olivier Award Winning Railway Children, which has recently finished a second sell out run at Waterloo Station Theatre, London and completed a 4 month run in Toronto in 2011.

Dramatic and heartbreaking, this adaptation evokes all of the sentiments of Anne’s original diary live on stage and includes material that had originally been censored by Otto Frank. The production marks the 60th anniversary of the diary’s publication in English.

In print or on stage The Diary of Anne Frank is a classic; a story not to be forgotten.

Listings Information:

Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Nikolai Foster
Featuring Christopher Timothy as Otto Frank
Cast: Amy Dawson (Anne Frank), Robert Galas, Dominic Gately, Sarah Ingram, Philip Marriott, Sally Oliver, Kerry Peers, Steven Pinder, Victoria Ross, Christopher Timothy and Andrew Westfield.

Dates: Fri 17 Feb – Sat 03 Mar (Press Night Tue 21 Feb)
Times: 7.30pm with matinees 2pm (Thu) and 2.30pm (Sat)
Venue: Main House
Tickets: £10-20; £12 Matinees; £7 Students, Schools & U25s
Access Shows: Signed Performance - Wed 22 Feb, 7.30pm; Captioned - Sat 3 Mar, 2.30pm; Audio Described – Sat 3 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tour Dates:

Windsor Theatre Royal, Mon 12 – Sat 17 March
01753 853888,

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Tue 6 – Sat 10 March
01902 429212,
Bradford Alhambra Theatre, Tue 20 – Sat 24 March
01274 432000,

Wycombe Swan Theatre, Tue 27 – Sat 31 March
01494 512000,

Blackpool Grand Theatre, Mon 16 – Sat 21 April
01253 743346,

Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Mon 23 – Sat 28 April
01242 572573,

Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre, Tues 1 – Sat 5 May
01323 412000,

Nottingham Theatre Royal, Tue 8 – Sat 12 May
0115 9895555,

Bath Theatre Royal, Mon 14 – Sat 19 May
01225 448844,

Oxford Playhouse Theatre, Tue 22 –Sat 26 May
01865 305305,