Owen, Izzard et al Join PLAYING THE GAMES

From 26 July - 12 August 2012, the Criterion Theatre will present PLAYING THE GAMES, a programme of work which will celebrate both artistic and sporting talent featuring emerging and established actors, comedians, musicians, playwrights and Olympians. Tickets for Playing The Games are now on sale.

Bringing culture and sport together, past and present Olympians will take to the stage for a series of lunchtime discussions about their life and work, interviewed by leading arts personalities. In addition Sam Hodges, Producer of the Criterion Theatre, has commissioned two new plays by emerging British playwrights Serge Cartwright and Adam Brace in response to the presence of the Olympic Games in London. Late night events will include performances by leading comedians. Stephen Fry, Chairman of the Criterion Theatre, has co-curated Playing The Games along with Hodges.

Sam Hodges said: “As well as welcoming Paper Cinema to the Criterion for their West End debut, we are delighted to announce that Richard Riddell and David Fynn will lead the cast in Serge Cartwright’s After the Party and Paul Moriarty and Obi Abili will perform Adam Brace’s two hander, Taking Part. In addition Stephen Daldry, theatre and film director and Creative Executive Producer of Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympic Games, will interview Haile Gebrseselassie as part of our Lunchtimes series and actor and film star Clive Owen will interview Adrien Niyonshuti. Eddie Izzard will join Brian Blessed and Stephen Fry for Sporting Stories before Bedtime.”

LUNCHTIMES WITH ….

Each lunchtime at 1pm a leading arts personality will interview a world-renowned sporting legend or Olympian on the stage of the Criterion Theatre. Tickets are £10 - £35.00.

Monday 30 July - Television presenter and columnist RiCK Edwards will interview Kriss Akabusi the 4 x 400 metre relay silver medallist.

Monday 6 August - Actor and presenter Olympic Ambassador Stephen Fry will interview Edwin Moses, the 400 metre hurdle gold medallist, unbeaten for nine years.

Tuesday 7 August – Film and theatre director and Creative Executive Producer of Ceremonies for the London Olympic Games Stephen Daldry will interview Haile Gebrseselassie, the two time 10,000 metre gold medallist.

Friday 10 August – Actor Clive Owen will interview Adrien Niyonshuti, ex child soldier and the first ever Rwandan to qualify for the Games in his event. He will represent Team Rwanda in Cross Country Mountain Biking at the 2012 London Olympics.

AFTERNOON PLAYS

After the Party by Serge Cartwright

Sam Hodges will direct Sophie Cosson, David Fynn, Malcolm Hamilton, Kate Lamb and Richard Riddell in the world premiere of Serge Cartwright’s After the Party playing at the Criterion. Designs are by James Cotterill with lighting by Emma Chapman and sound by Gregory Clarke.

Performances of After The Party are - previews Saturday 28 July at 1pm, Sunday 29 July at 3pm, Monday 30 July at 2.30pm (press performance), then Tuesday 31 July at 4.15pm, Thursday 2 August at 2.30pm, Friday 3 August at 4.15pm, Sunday 5 August at 5pm, Monday 6 August at 4.15pm, Tuesday 7 August at 2.30pm, Thursday 9 August at 4.15pm (captioned performance), Friday 10 August at 2.30pm (audio described performance) and Sunday 12 August 5pm. Preview tickets are £7.50, then £7.50, £10.00 and £15.00.

Sean and Ray are best friends from Stratford. Once a promising DJ double act, now they're stuck in a rut: 30ish, unemployed but still clinging to a fantasy of making it in the music industry. With a baby on the way and the world about to arrive on their doorstep for London 2012, it could be the perfect opportunity for them to make something of their lives.... After the Party is a fresh, comic take on an everyday Londoner’s attempt to go from rank outsider to out and out winner.




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