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Full Cast announced for new production of Patrick Marber’s play The Red Lion at Live Theatre
A Live Theatre Production
The Red Lion
The Red Lion
Newcastle Live Theatre
Thursday 6th April to Saturday 6th May 2017
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Live Theatre’s new production of The Red Lion written by Patrick Marber, which runs at the Newcastle quayside based theatre from Thursday 6 April to Saturday 6 May 2017, has now been fully cast.
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Actor Stephen Tompkinson said
His co-star John Bowler added “I was attracted to the part of Yates by Max Roberts, Steven Tompkinson, Patrick Marber and football - not necessarily in that order! I have always been a fan of Live Theatre and the work Max has created over the years so to be invited to work with him opposite the wonderful Stephen Tompkinson in this brilliant play by Patrick Marber proved irresistible!”
Red Lion also features the talents of Dean Bone who said "It's always an absolute privilege to work at Live Theatre. I cannot wait to get started on a project about football, something I feel passionately about. And working with two excellent, experienced professional actors such as Stephen Tompkinson and John Bowler is something any young actor would jump at the chance at!”
Max Roberts, Artistic Director, Live Theatre explains “I am delighted to be working with Patrick Marber, directing his play . I am also pleased to welcome back Stephen Tompkinson to Live Theatre’s stage, and to have cast alongside him well-established actor John Bowler who will be making his first appearance here, and rising talent Dean Bone who has starred in two recent Live Theatre productions having started here in Live’s Youth Theatre.”
The Red Lion has been specially adapted by Patrick Marber for Live Theatre and the North East, where it will be directed by Live Theatre’s Artistic Director Max Roberts. Patrick Marber was a writer and performer on The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You… with Alan Partridge. His plays include Dealers Choice, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Closer, both at the National Theatre. Closer was adapted by Patrick into a film, which starred actors Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. Patrick was also Oscar nominated in 2006 for his film adaptation of Zoe Heller’s novel Notes on a Scandal which starred Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. His other plays include After Miss Julie, Don Juan in Soho and Three Days in the Country.
The Red Lion had its critically acclaimed first run at the National Theatre in 2015
Patrick Marber, writer of said
Set in the ultra-competitive twilight world of semi-professional football, is a powerful, funny and touching drama that reaches beyond the beautiful game, exploring contrasting ideas about loyalty, ambition and what it takes to win, from three different generations. If you thought that badge-kissing mercenaries, wide-boy agents and dodgy deals were confined to the Premier League, think again.
Live Theatre is fully accessible and offers a British Sign Language Interpretation at the performance on Wednesday 26 April, 7.30pm, Captioning on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm and ‘hands on’ tour of the set describing props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show ahead of the performance with additional audio description especially for visitors with visual impairments.
The 2pm matinee on Thursday 27 April is designated as a Relaxed Performance which allows a more laid back approach to noise or movement from the audience, with audience members being able to leave and come back in again and don’t have to be quiet. This is suitable for young people with special educational needs, or anyone who many benefit from a more relaxed environment. These services are offered at no extra cost for service users. Performances with extra interpretation should not affect the performance for other audience members, although Relaxed performances may have more noise and movement from other audience members.
The Red Lion is suitable for ages 16+ and is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 6 April to Saturday 6 May 2017. Tickets for The Red Lion cost between £10 and £26 with concessions from £6. For more information or to book tickets visit www.live.org.uk or contact Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232.
Special Events - details:
Writer Patrick Marber discusses the writing of the play and adapting it for Newcastle with Max Roberts, Artistic Director, Live Theatre.
FREE, booking essential. Suitable for Artsmark visits.
Sports writers Harry Pearson (The Far Corner), George Caulkin (The Times) and former Newcastle Utd and Seaham Red Star player Steve Harper who now coaches for Newcastle United Academy join director Max Roberts and industry professionals in a discussion about the importance of amateur football in the North East and issues raised in the play. Followed by a Q&A.
FREE, booking essential. Suitable for Artsmark visits
Live Theatre is fully accessible and offers a range of assisted performances aimed at improving the theatre experience for all audience members. These services are offered at no extra cost for service users. Performances with extra interpretation should not affect the performance for other audience members, although Relaxed performances may have more noise and movement from other audience members. Please let box office know when booking tickets if you intend to you’re the access interpretation services to ensure they can book you seats that best meet your needs.
British Sign Language Interpreted Performance
Wednesday 26 April, 7.30pm
A BSL interpreter positioned on or next to the stage communicates in a non verbal language
Thursday 27 April, 2pm
A laid back approach to noise or movement from the audience is taken during this performance, audience members can leave and come back in again and don’t have to be quiet. Suitable for young people with special educational needs, or anyone who many benefit from a more relaxed environment.
Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm
Words spoken by the actors are displayed as text on a screen on or next to the stage similar to television subtitles.
A Touch Tour compliments an Audio Described show; this is a ‘hands on’ tour of the set describing props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show especially for visitors with visual impairments.