Robert Bathurst to Lead Theatre Royal Brighton's BLUE/ORANGE

Theatre Royal Brighton Productions presents the second show in their debut season, Joe Penhall's multi award winning play, BLUE/ORANGE, directed by Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe (The Madness of George III, Spamalot in the West End) with Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Wild at Heart, Downton Abbey) in the role of Robert.

Blue/Orange will run from 13 – 22 September at the Theatre Royal Brighton, and then tour to the following venues: The Waterside, Aylesbury from 25-29 September

The Princess Theatre, Torquay from 2 – 6 October, The Grand Opera House, York from 9 – 13 October, The New Victoria, Woking from 16 – 20 October, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from 23 – 27 October, The Churchill, Bromley from 30 October – 3 November, The Theatre Royal, Glasgow from 6 – 10 November, The Richmond Theatre from 13 – 17 November, The Opera House, Manchester from 20 – 24 November, The Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent from 27 November – 1 December.

Blue/Orange premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor and transferred to the Duchess in 2001.

Blue/Orange won an Olivier Award, a Critics' Circle Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

A young patient is convinced that a notorious military dictator is his father. Bruce, a junior psychiatric doctor wants to do further tests and plan longer care. Robert, a senior consultant, wants to thrust him back into the community. A riveting, compelling and witty battle of freedom and ambition unfolds.

Robert Bathurst's stage credits include Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre/national tour, Present Laughter for a national tour, Whipping it Up at The Bush/New Ambassadors Theatre, Alex at The Arts Theatre, The Three Sisters at The Playhouse Theatre, Hedda Gabler on national tour and Alarms and Excursions at the Gielgud. Theatre. Robert's most recognised roles on screen include Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey, John Le Mesurier in Hattie, Mr Weston in Emma, Mark Taylor in Joking Apart and David Marsden in Cold Feet. Other screen credits include Roman's Empire, My Dad's The Prime Minister, Get Well Soon, The Stepfather, A Breed of Heroes, Pillars of the Earth, My Family, Kingdom, Poirot, White Teeth, Hornblower and Wild at Heart. His film roles include Heidi, The Thief Lord and The Wind in the Willows.

Joe Penhall's most recent play, Birthday, has just opened at The Royal Court Theatre. Joe's other plays include Haunted Child, Dumb Show, Pale Horse (winner of the Thames Television Best Play Award) and Some Voices (winner of the John Whiting Award) all at The Royal Court Theatre, Landscape with Weapon, National Theatre, The Bullet, Donmar Warehouse and Love and Understanding, Bush Theatre. His film and television work include his adaptation of The Road from Cormac McCarthy's award winning novel which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2009; the screenplay Enduring Love based on the novel by Ian McEwan; the feature adaptation of his play Some Voices for Film Four; Moses Jones a three part detective drama for BBC2, winner of Best Screenplay at the Roma Fiction Festival 2009 and the BAFTA nominated The Long Firm for BBC2.

Christopher Luscombe began his career as an actor, his work including seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as appearances at The National Theatre and in the West End. His recent credits as director include The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe, When We Are Married in the West End, which received an Olivier nomination for Best Revival, and the UK Tour of Spamalot for ATG. His acclaimed production of The Madness of George III opened at the Apollo Theatre in January after a hugely successful UK tour.

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